Coulthard explains pit exit penalties

In an extraordinary French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours, two of the podium finishers incurred drive through penalties as no fewer than four drivers crossed the white line bordering the pitlane exit when they rejoined the circuit

Coulthard explains pit exit penalties

Michael Schumacher said: "I think it was a case of millimetres rather than centimetres in my case, but I was actually having a radio conversation at the time [with technical director Ross Brawn] and watching my mirrors."

Felipe Massa was the first to receive the penalty, ironically while he was leaving the pits having just served a drive through penalty for jumping the start.

Schumacher then transgressed, as did brother Ralf at his second stop. Then, last of all, Coulthard, while rejoining the track after his final stop as he tried to get ahead of eventual race winner Michael.

"I wasn't having a radio conversation and you don't deliberately play with the line," the Scot grinned. "It's just that at this circuit the line is on a curve and you are anxious to get back across onto the racing line as soon as possible. If you are under no pressure, of course, then you've got all the time in the world but I guess I was just a little too eager to get back across there. And I paid the penalty."

Fortunately for those who transgressed, the penalty only cost them about 8secs.

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