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Mercedes fined for unsafe release

Mercedes fined for unsafe release in Korean GP qualifying
Mercedes has been fined €10,000 for an unsafe release in the final stage of qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.

The team allowed Michael Schumacher to leave his garage just moments after Lewis Hamilton had left the McLaren put further down pit lane, which resulted in the Briton having to swerve around the seven-time champion.

Stewards looked into the matter after the session and deemed Mercedes to be guilty of a breach of Article 23.12 of the Sporting Regulations related to only releasing a car from the pits when it is safe to do so.

From his side, Hamilton said he had no issue with the incident when asked about it in the post-qualifying press conference.

“I didn't have any problems,” he said. “I was let out of my garage before he was and then they tried to get him ahead of me but he was coming out slowly so I overtook him, because I was already on the speed limit which is 100km/h and he was doing maybe 20 or 30km/h. But it gained position, which is important, position is everything here.”

It marks the second time Mercedes has been in trouble with the stewards this weekend after Schumacher was reprimanded for impeding the two HRT drivers in Friday practice.



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Buck Bundy - Unregistered

October 13, 2012 10:49 PM

The only thing remotely unsafe was the way Hamilton overtook him (and that wasn't very unsafe!). If Hamilton had slowed and stayed behind Schumacher then I doubt the FIA would even have noticed anything.



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