Schumacher penalised for Alonso safety-car pass 16 May 2010
Mercedes GPs Michael Schumacher has been penalised by the Monte Carlo race stewards for his overtaking manoeuvre on Ferraris Fernando Alonso in the dying moments of the Monaco Grand Prix.
Schumacher was handed a drive-through penalty, which is converted after the race into a 20-second time penalty, dropping him from sixth to 12th in the results.
Schumacher passed Alonso just as the safety car pulled in at the end of Lap 78. The FIA stewards, which included his old sparring partner Damon Hill, have deemed the German breached Article 40.13 of the Sporting Regulations, which states that if the race ends whilst the safety car is deployed it will enter the pit lane at the end of the last lap and the cars will take the chequered flag as normal without overtaking."
Mercedes will appeal the stewards' decision and a date for that appeal will be set in due course by the FIA. Schumachers demotion moves Toro Rossos Sebastien Buemi, who had finished in 11th, into the points in tenth place.