Schumacher fined €2,500 for pit lane blunder
1 September 2012 – Michael Schumacher has been fined €2,500 (£2,000) for an illegal pit lane entry during Friday practice in Belgium. The punishment was confirmed by FIA stewards.
During the second 90-minute session on Friday afternoon, washed out by heavy rain, Schumacher and Mercedes made a late change to dive into the pit lane. This saw the seven-time Champion quickly dart from left to right on the exit of the Bus Stop Chicane.
In doing so, the German entered the pit lane inside the bollard which distinguishes its official entry point. This should be on the car’s left as it enters the pit lane, but Schumacher’s late call saw him come in with the marker on his right.
‘The driver did not enter the Pit Lane via the Pit Entry as defined in the Race Director’s Notes to Team Managers,’ reads the FIA communique. ‘However as no other cars were in the vicinity, the offence is not regarded as dangerous and it did not impede another competitor.’
Acting as driver representative steward at Spa is Chilean Eliseo Salazar, whose best Formula 1 finish was fifth place for ATS at the San Marino Grand Prix of 1982.