Michael Schumacher keeps Valencia podium as stewards decide against penalty for yellow-flag DRS use
|By Pablo Elizalde and Jonathan Noble||Sunday, June 24th 2012, 17:24 GMT|
Michael Schumacher has retained his podium position in the European Grand Prix after stewards decided to not impose a penalty on him.
The German Mercedes driver was under investigation after having used his DRS when the yellow flags were on track on the final lap following the crash between Lewis Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado.
Although television images confirmed Schumacher's DRS was open in the yellow-flag area, the race stewards deemed the seven-time champion had slowed down sufficiently and therefore decided no penalty was needed.
"The stewards considered a report that driver #7 used his DRS in a yellow flag zone and that his allegedly constituted a breach of yellow flag regulations," said a statement from the stewards. "Having examined telemetry and video evidence, and heard from the driver and team representatives, the stewards noted that the driver did make a significant reduction in speed on entering the double waved flag zone."
The officials added that Schumacher's incident "differs substantially" from the circumstances in which Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel were penalised for DRS use under yellow at Catalunya a month ago.
Schumacher finished in third position in the race, his first podium since the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix.