Schumacher handed 20-second penalty
Michael Schumacher has been handed a 20-second penalty for having overtaken Fernando Alonso on the final corner of the Monaco Grand Prix.
The Mercedes GP driver passed Alonso just as the safety car had left the circuit on the final lap, and stewards deemed the race was still finishing under the safety car.
Under rule 40.13, which states that “if the race ends whilst the safety car is deployed it will enter the pitlane at the end of the last lap and the cars will take the chequered flag as normal without overtaking,” Schumacher has been given a penalty.
The German, who had passed Alonso for sixth, drops down to 12th, meaning Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi’s scores the final point for 10th.
Revised race results Pos Driver Team 1. Webber Red Bull-Renault 2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 3. Kubica Renault 4. Massa Ferrari 5. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 6. Alonso Ferrari 7. Rosberg Mercedes 8. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 8. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 10. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 11. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 12. Schumacher Mercedes 13. Petrov Renault World Championship standings, round 6: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Webber 78 1. Red Bull-Renault 156 2. Vettel 78 2. Ferrari 136 3. Alonso 75 3. McLaren-Mercedes 129 4. Button 70 4. Mercedes 78 5. Massa 61 5. Renault 65 6. Kubica 59 6. Force India-Mercedes 30 7. Hamilton 59 7. Williams-Cosworth 8 8. Rosberg 56 8. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 4 9. Schumacher 22 10. Sutil 20 11. Liuzzi 10 12. Barrichello 7 13. Petrov 6 14. Alguersuari 3 15. Hulkenberg 1 16. Buemi 1
Mercedes appeals stewards decision
The Mercedes GP team has decided to appeal the decision to penalise Michael Schumacher in the Monaco Grand Prix.
Schumacher lost his sixth-place finish after illegally overtaking Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso on the last corner of the last lap of the race.
The German was given a post-race drive-through which translated into a 20-second penalty that dropped him from sixth to 12th position.
Mercedes, however, has appealed the decision, which will now be handled by the FIA’s Court of Appeal.
The FIA said the appeal is strictly against the decision, not the penalty itself as drive-throughs cannot be appealed.