Mercedes launch Monaco appeal

Mercedes are to appeal the stewards’ decision that saw Michael Schumacher lose sixth place in the Monaco GP.

Schumi was running in seventh place behind Fernando Alonso when the safety car was deployed for the fourth and final time following a collision between Jarno Trulli and Karun Chandhok at Rascasse.

When the safety car returned to the pits at the end of the final lap, Schumacher saw the chance to dive down the inside of Alonso into the final corner to steal sixth but was subsequently handed a 20-second time penalty, which dropped him down to twelfth.

Mercedes have now appealed against the decision, with team boss Ross Brawn stating he believes the seven-time champion was right to make the move.

“We believed that the track had gone green and the race was not finishing under a safety car when article 40.13 clearly would have applied,” he said.

“The reason for the safety car had been removed, the FIA had announced ‘safety car in this lap’ early on lap 78 and the track had been declared clear by race control. This was further endorsed when the marshals showed green flags and lights after safety car line one.

“On previous occasions when it has been necessary to complete a race under a safety car, full course yellows are maintained, as in Melbourne 2009. On the last lap, we therefore advised our drivers that they should race to the line and Michael made his move on Fernando for sixth place. We have appealed the decision of the stewards.”

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