Ralf penalised for Hockenheim crash 03 Aug 2003
Williams driver Ralf Schumacher has been penalised 10 places on the grid for the next race in Hungary after stewards at Hockenheim judged him to be responsible for the first-lap crash in this afternoon's German Grand Prix, in which he, Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello and McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen were all eliminated from the running.
A statement released by the FIA said: "The stewards received a report from the Race Director which stated that Ralf Schumacher caused an avoidable collision, contrary to Article 53 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations and the drivers of car numbers 2, 4 and 6 (Rubens Barrichello, Ralf Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen) and respective team managers, were summoned.
"Having heard the explanation of each driver and having seen the different camera views of the incident, the Stewards conclude that Ralf Schumacher began to move left to obtain a better racing line for the first corner. Ralf Schumacher admitted paying no attention to the position of the other cars during this manoeuvre. The stewards note that it is absolutely clear that Ralf Schumacher car made contact with Barrichello's car, which in turn made contact with Raikkonen. Both drivers were caught in a set of circumstances over which they had no control."
The Williams team have notified the stewards that they plan to appeal the decision.
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