Confusion over Montoya penalty remains

Juan Pablo Montoya received the first ever drive though penalty issued to a Formula One driver on Sunday for his turn one coming together with Michael Schumacher. The Williams team has questioned this new 'drive though' punishment as...

Juan Pablo Montoya received the first ever drive though penalty issued to a Formula One driver on Sunday for his turn one coming together with Michael Schumacher. The Williams team has questioned this new 'drive though' punishment as has Schumacher as being too severe for what both drivers saw as a racing incident..

"To be honest, yes. I think we've seen far more extreme situations where nothing has happened, and today, a little touch and something was done," said Schumacher. "We don't seem to have a very consistent situation. That's something we may all want to improve in future."

Montoya thought the penalty was "...was very unfair. I gave him the room, he under-steered off a bit, he touched me and that was it. It was a racing incident. I think that after what happened at the first race they went a bit extreme and I had to take it. The stewards had everyone saying 'they should have done something' and they didn't in Australia."

Sam Michael, Williams chief operating officer, has said he will not make a judgment on the incident until he has seen video of it. He did say that the team will be asking the FIA for clarification both of the incident and the penalty.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams