Stewards take no action against Schumacher

Mercedes AMG F1 Team

28 October 2012 by Ryan Wood

The FIA stewards have decided to take no action against Michael Schumacher for his alledged breach of the blue flag rule.

The German suffered a first lap puncture after contact with Jean-Eric Vergne which resulted in an unscheduled pit-stop leaving him at the back of the pack. 

As Romain Grosjean came up to lap Schumacher, it looked as though the seven-time world champion failed to react and let the Lotus through within the necessary.

However, after studying the footage and hearing from both drivers, the stewards decided Grosjean wasn't close enough to warrant blue flags and therefore no penalty was given.

"The Stewards considered that the driver car 10 (Grosjean) did not close the gap to car 7 (Schumacher) sufficiently to require car 7 to move out of the way in accordance with Appendix H Article of the International Sporting Code."

Kamui Kobayashi was also cleared of causing an accident after contact with Pastor Maldonado.