Mercedes not to appeal Schumacher penalty
Formula One team Mercedes decided on Tuesday not to appeal the 20 second penalty imposed on seven-times champion Michael Schumacher in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.Updated: May 18, 2010 22:18 IST
Formula One team Mercedes decided on Tuesday not to appeal the 20 second penalty imposed on seven-times champion Michael Schumacher in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.
The penalty imposed on the German driver for overtaking Ferrari's two-time world champion Fernando Alonso in the finishing straight saw him drop out of the points from sixth place to 12th.
Schumacher had, he thought, acted within the new regulations laid down by the sport's governing body FIA in being able to overtake once the safety car went off the track, but his former team Ferrari contested this.
"It was clear from our discussions with the race stewards after the race that they understood the reasons as to why we had given Michael Schumacher the green light but that ultimately they did not agree with it," said Mercedes in a statement.
"Even if we are not happy with the result, we are happy that the FIA have accepted our reasons behind the move.
"But for the good of the sport the Mercedes stable will not appeal the decision."
Schumacher presently lies ninth in the overall standings on 22 points after six races, some 56 points behind joint leaders Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel of the Red Bull team.
First Published: May 18, 2010 22:18 IST