Toyota drops Schumacher penalty appeal

Toyota drops Schumacher penalty appeal

Toyota announced on April 29th that it has decided to drop its appeal against the penalty given to Ralf Schumacher at the San Marino Grand Prix. Schumacher was awarded a 25 second time penalty after stewards decided he made "an unsafe manoeuvre"...

Toyota announced on April 29th that it has decided to drop its appeal against the penalty given to Ralf Schumacher at the San Marino Grand Prix. Schumacher was awarded a 25 second time penalty after stewards decided he made "an unsafe manoeuvre" in the pit lane in regard to the Williams of Nick Heidfeld.

Ralf Schumacher.
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Schumacher consequently lost his eighth place and the team said it would appeal. The case was due to be heard by the International Court of Appeal in Paris next week but Toyota has now decided not to proceed.

"The team lodged an appeal on the evening of the race because it wanted the opportunity to undertake a detailed analysis of the incident," it said in a statement. "After an exhaustive review of the data, the team feels that the evidence is not conclusive and has decided not to take the matter further."

Toyota argued at the time the penalty was awarded that an "extremely vague description" was given of the regulations and other similar incidents in the pit lane in the past have escaped punishment. Despite dropping the appeal, Toyota intends to have the regulations clarified.

"The team will however work together with the FIA and the other teams to further clarify what constitutes the 'safe release' of the car by the competitor following a pit stop at the subsequent Team Managers meeting," the statement added.

It was Heidfeld who actually benefited from Schumacher's demotion and the Williams driver will now keep the one point for eighth place. In the drivers' standings Heidfeld is two points behind Schumacher and Williams 13 behind Toyota.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher
Teams Williams