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Toyota appeal Ralf time penalty 24 Apr 2005

Ralf Schumacher (GER) Toyota TF105 leads Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari F2005
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Race, Imola, Italy, 24 April 2005

The San Marino Race Director has referred Toyota’s Ralf Schumacher to the stewards for an incident that occurred with Nick Heidfeld's Williams following his second pit stop.

Having reviewed the evidence, the stewards considered that it was an unsafe manoeuvre and applied a 25-second penalty to the German, who finished the race in eighth place. However, Toyota are appealing the decision.

"In view of the extremely vague description of the regulation and a number of similar incidents which have gone unpunished, Toyota has decided to appeal the decision of the stewards in order to clarify this issue for the future," explained team principal Tsutomu Tomita.

Pending Toyota’s appeal, for which no date has yet been announced, Schumacher drops to 11th in the Imola results, with Heidfeld moving up to eighth and inheriting a single championship point.