No penalty for Ralf or Alonso

After investigation of the incident between Ralf Schumacher and Fernando Alonso during the San Marino Grand Pix, race stewards have decided that there will be no further action taken. Late in the race Alonso tried to overtake Schumacher for...

After investigation of the incident between Ralf Schumacher and Fernando Alonso during the San Marino Grand Pix, race stewards have decided that there will be no further action taken. Late in the race Alonso tried to overtake Schumacher for fourth, with the result of the Renault and Williams coming into contact, and Schumacher spun. He recovered and finished the race in seventh place.

Alonso, who finished fourth, thought Schumacher had been perhaps a little aggressive in his defending but the stewards examined video and telemetry evidence and decided a penalty was unwarranted. "Until the incident with Alonso I was quite happy with the weekend in general, obviously it was a shame what happened," was Schumacher's only comment after the race.

Renault's Pat Symonds clearly thought Schumacher was to blame. "Fernando's aggressive drive nearly came to nothing after another dubious manoeuvre by Ralf, but I hope the stewards will come to the right conclusion," said the executive director of engineering.

Schumacher's teammate Juan Pablo Montoya also had a bit of a scrap, going side by side with the Ferrari of Michael Schumacher at the first corner. Not impressed with what he saw as Michael's rude tactics, Montoya gave his usual straight talking opinion.

"I went to pass, he closed the door on me and I had to back off. Then he did the same out of the next corner and closed the door, so I went for the inside and I'm coming out beside him and the next thing I see he's just coming straight at me, hit me and put me in the grass," said the Colombian. "It's very disappointing to see racing like that but I'll be surprised if he gets away with it. It's up to the FIA really."

Unsurprisingly, Michael had a somewhat different view of the incident: "As for my fight with Juan Pablo, I wanted to keep him behind me so that I would not lose touch with the leader," he explained. "At first, I saw him attack me, but then I did not see him, nor did I expect him to come round the outside. I think it was just a racing incident."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Williams