FIA press release on Schumacher's car

BELGIAN GRAND PRIX SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS 26-27-28 AUGUST 1994 R.F.P. Route du Circuit 55 4970 Francorchamps Tel. 087/27 51 46 Fax 087/27 55 51 From: The Stewards of the Meeting To: Competitor Mild Seven Benetton Ford cc: FIA Clerk of...

BELGIAN GRAND PRIX SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS 26-27-28 AUGUST 1994

R.F.P. Route du Circuit 55 4970 Francorchamps Tel. 087/27 51 46 Fax 087/27 55 51

From: The Stewards of the Meeting To: Competitor Mild Seven Benetton Ford cc: FIA Clerk of the Course The Timekeepers FIA Press Delegate

Following the reports of the FIA F1 Technical Delegate concerning the inspection of car No. 5, on which the skidblock is found to be undersized contravening art. 3.3 of the Technical Regulations.

The Stewards of the Meeting summoned the said Competitor in order to give him the opportunity to present his defense. The Competitor represented by Mr. Brawn and Mr. Villadelprat started that:

1. Car No.5 presented some technical problems after the first pit stop and they sought to substantial their statement by its lap times between the two pit stops.

On being questioned whether the concerned tire pressures were measured after the second pit stop, the representatives of the Competitor stated that this was done and tire pressures (were) found to be correct.

2. The representative stated that the malfunctioning of the car may have resulted in the spin on lap 19 or the inconsistency could have been the consequence of the spin.

3. The representative stated that Car No.6 was set up identically and the skidblock on this car at scrutineering was found to be in proper order and that both cars were set up identically. This reinforced their submission that there was a problem with Car No.5 between the two pit stops.

The Stewards questioned the Technical Delegate and were informed that the minimum dimension of the skidblock could not be attributed to the spin over the kerb because the accidental damage was clearly marked as located in the drawing submitted by the Technical Delegate and which was mostly transverse in nature, and mostly located at the rear of the skidblock.

The drawing further showed that the area where the minimum dimension of less than 9mm up to a minimum of 7.4mm was located in the general area between 10 and 70 to 80 cm from the front of the skidblock.

There were very light and very few transverse marks in this area, all the marks being generally longitudinal.

The Stewards also received a report of the Clerk of Course which certified that the concerned kerb is flat and that no piece of wood could be found either on the top or the at the side of the relevant kerb.

The Stewards concluded that not one of the defences offered is acceptable and therefore that Car No.5 did not comply as regards the skidblock.

The Stewards decided to inflict to Competitor Mild Seven Benetton Ford the penalty of the exclusion of Car No.5, driver M.Schumacher, from the Event.

The said Competitor is reminded of his right to appeal under article 183 of the Sporting Code.

The result is to be amended accordingly to this decision.

This decision is laid down at 20.20 hrs this 28th of August 1994.

Signed by the Stewards of the Meeting:

C. de Fierlant E. Buser N. Hoosein

Received by the Representative of the Competitor:

Mr. Brawn Mr. Villadelprat

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