Raikkonen and Barrichello cleared

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello have been cleared of any blame for the first corner incident at the German Grand Prix that saw Ralf Schumacher fined $50,000. Williams appealed against the original grid demotion penalty...

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello have been cleared of any blame for the first corner incident at the German Grand Prix that saw Ralf Schumacher fined $50,000.

Williams appealed against the original grid demotion penalty Schumacher incurred from the stewards after the incident and the case was heard this week in Paris by the FIA International court of appeal.

The court agreed with the stewards but decided the penalty was too harsh and fined Schumacher instead. It was also ruled that Raikkonen and Barrichello's involvement in the accident be reassessed.

The stewards met again in Budapest on Friday to re-examine the evidence -- it was suggested Raikkonen was steering right, towards Barrichello, at the time of the crash, which could have contributed to the situation.

However, after considering video evidence, it was ruled Barrichello had attempted to avoid Raikkonen on his left, then Schumacher on his right, while the Finn was only trying to hold his line, as he had testified.

"The stewards, after due and careful deliberation, decide not to levy any penalty either on Rubens Barrichello or Kimi Raikkonen," said a statement from the FIA.

"It is acknowledged that the circuit is bumpy before the first corner, especially near the verge, and this could account for the variation as confirmed by Kimi Raikkonen."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Kimi Raikkonen
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams