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Complex penalties dished out to F1 frontrunners

 

The identical 2s penalties handed out to Michael Schumacher and defending F1 champ Fernando Alonso came after complex decisions regarding separate incidents prior to the Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying session.

The identical 2s penalties handed out to Michael Schumacher and defending F1 champ Fernando Alonso came after complex decisions regarding separate incidents prior to the Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying session.


The identical 2s penalties handed out to Michael Schumacher and defending F1 champ Fernando Alonso came after complex decisions regarding separate incidents prior to the Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying session.

Schumacher had his qualifying result altered with the addition of 2s penalty issued by the Stewards of the Meeting, after they judged that the Ferrari man had passed a couple of cars while red flags were being waved to stop the morning free practice session, after Jenson Button had blown up his Honda.

In the end, the German was credited with the 12th best time, although he will start at least from 11th place, as the aforementioned Button drops ten places on the grid as he needs an engine change.

"I prefer not to go into a long explanation of what happened this morning. Everyone can form their own opinion, looking at the replay. I would rather just concentrate on preparing for tomorrow's race as well as possible in these unfortunate circumstances. Eleventh place was the best I could hope for, taking into account the penalty given me by the Stewards," said Schumacher.

Alonso had his qualifying fate decided late on Saturday night when the Stewards judged that the Renault man had deliberately driven at Robert Doornbos in the Red Bull car and had also passed a car under a yellow flag and he was given the same penalty as Schumacher. The 2s time penalty to his qualifying time dropped him to 15th for the race start grid.

"It is a shame to have lost positions with the penalty, but now is the time to stop talking about it and look forward to making the most of the race. It hasn’t changed anything for me, apart from the starting position, but with Michael penalised as well we have not lost so much. We know the Renault is working well with the Michelin tyres because I was able to set competitive times, and I think it will be even better tomorrow," said Alonso.

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