Mercedes fined €10,000 for unsafe pit release
13 October 2012 – Mercedes has been slapped with a fine of 10,000 euros (£8,000) for an unsafe pit lane release in Korea on Saturday, involving Lewis Hamilton in the pit lane.
Just before the end of Q3, Hamilton was making his way down the pit lane when Michael Schumacher suddenly exited his garage directly in front of the McLaren.
"The positive aspect about today's performance was that we made a step forward relative to last weekend and got into Q3," Schumacher said. "But overall it was an average kind of day. We were expecting to end up somewhere between positions eight and ten, but things didn't go quite right in the final sector of my quick lap."
The stewards, including ex driver Martin Donnelly, handed out the fine as Hamilton was forced to swerve around the man he will replace next year.