Mercedes fined €5,000 for Schumacher release
15 April 2012 – Mercedes has been handed a fine of 5,000 euros (£4,100) following Michael Schumacher’s pit-stop blunder in Shanghai. After the race, FIA stewards deemed that the Anglo-German team had released the former Champion dangerously.
Most strict on the release of any car until all wheels are correctly fastened, attempting to ensure the safety of others working in the pit lane, the FIA has submitted the fine to the team. Such a penalty cannot be appealed.
The stewards’ report made a point of noting:
‘The Prompt action of the driver, in stopping the car as soon as the problem was noticed, is taken into account in the penalty determination.’