19 May 2010

Mercedes won't appeal Schumacher penalty

5:48 am on 19 May 2010

Mercedes have decided not to appeal against the 20-second penalty which dropped Michael Schumacher from sixth to 12th place at the weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.

Schumacher was penalised for overtaking Fernando Alonso under a safety car at the end of the final lap.

Mercedes advised Schumacher that once the safety car had pulled in, he was free to race from the safety car line to the finish line - a distance of a few hundred metres.

Schumacher, a seven-time world champion, then passed Ferrari's Alonso on the final corner.

But race stewards ruled the move breached the rules as the race should have been completed under safety car conditions.

The penalty cost Schumacher eight much-needed championship points and Mercedes initially indicated that they would contest the decision of the FIA, the sport's governing body.

The German lies ninth in the drivers' standings, 34 points behind team-mate Nico Rosberg in eighth and 56 behind the Red Bull pair of leaders Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.