Caterham fined, no action over Webber or Schumacher
2 September 2012 – The Spa stewards have confirmed that no penalties or fines will be handed out for Mark Webber's unsafe pit release or an incident involving Michael Schumacher in the Belgian Grand Prix. However, Caterham will have to pay 10,000 euros (£8,000). This weekend, the driver representative steward was ex driver Eliseo Salazar.
In the pit lane, Heikki Kovalainen was released too soon and clipped the back of Narain Karthikeyan who was peeling into his own pit box. The squad formerly known as Team Lotus admitted the error. Later, the Red Bull of Mark Webber was allowed to head out as Felipe Massa’s Ferrari came down the pit lane.
On-track, Schumacher - in his 300th Formula 1 race - cut in front of Sebastian Vettel in order to dive for the pit lane entrance. This was not the same as the error he committed in third practice, when the German had entered inside the bollard which marks the pit entrance; on this occasion, the Mercedes had been forced to the outside line.
The stewards were more severe with Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean. The Williams driver received a double penalty, equating to a drop of ten places on next weekend’s Monza grid, for jumping the start before colliding with Timo Glock. The Lotus man is banned from the Italian race for triggering a serious accident at La Source.