Williams appeal Ralf penalty

Williams is appealing the penalty that stewards gave to Ralf Schumacher after the German Grand Prix, which, if upheld, will demote him ten places on the grid at the next race in Hungary. Schumacher was deemed to have caused the first corner...

Williams is appealing the penalty that stewards gave to Ralf Schumacher after the German Grand Prix, which, if upheld, will demote him ten places on the grid at the next race in Hungary. Schumacher was deemed to have caused the first corner accident which took out his own car and also Rubens Barrichello and Kimi Raikkonen.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Ralph Firman both came to grief in the following confusion and finally the Jaguar of Justin Wilson. Stewards decided the accident was avoidable and that Schumacher was guilty of careless driving.

"The stewards decided Ralf had not paid due attention to the cars on his left and we fully respect the authority of the FIA, and acknowledge their responsibility to protect the safety of those involved in the sport," said team boss Frank Williams.

"However, we are using the appeal process provided for by the FIA to clarify all of the circumstances surrounding the incident, and the suitability of the penalty imposed."

Even McLaren boss Ron Dennis said it was a racing incident, although Barrichello's opinion was that Raikkonen and Ralf had taken a big risk. Williams technical director Patrick Head doesn't think it was Ralf's fault: "I do not consider that Ralf caused an avoidable collision," he said. "These matters are subject to an appeal, so it is not appropriate for me to comment further."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Kimi Raikkonen , Justin Wilson , Patrick Head , Ralph Firman , Frank Williams
Teams McLaren , Williams