Schumacher will start from the pitlane
|By Damien Smith||Sunday, May 28th 2006, 09:07 GMT|
Michael Schumacher will start from the pitlane for this afternoon's Monaco Grand Prix after his Ferrari team decided to change the engine on his car following his qualifying punishment.
The seven-times world champion had initially secured pole position but saw his qualifying times deleted after the race stewards decided that he had deliberately stopped his car on the track at the end of the session to impede his rivals.
Ferrari insist Schumacher did nothing wrong, but with no right to appeal the decision, the Italians are trying to optimise what little is left of Schumacher's race hopes, changing the engine on his car and starting him from the pitlane.
The tactic will likely involve the team filling up the German's car with as much fuel as possible to try and gain position over those cars ahead of him that will be stopping earlier.
Ferrari have also decided to change the engine on Felipe Massa's car, after his qualifying crash, which does not change the Brazilian's position at the back of the grid.