Williams lodges Schumacher appeal

WilliamsF1 has officially lodged its appeal against Ralf Schumacher's penalty following the first corner collision in Sunday's German Grand Prix at Hockenheim

Williams lodges Schumacher appeal

Race stewards ruled that Schumacher caused Sunday's crash, concluding "that Ralf Schumacher began to move left to obtain a better racing line for the first corner. Ralf Schumacher admitted paying no attention to the position of the other cars during this manoeuvre."

As a result of its ruling, Ralf will be forced to start 10 positions behind where he qualifies for the Hungarian Grand Prix later this month. Williams believes it has good grounds for its appeal, however, and will submit evidence from the data recorders fitted to Schumacher's car to attempt to prove that he was not solely to blame.

"We fully respect the race stewards' approach to safety and the many issues arising from that," chief operations engineer Sam Michael told AUTOSPORT. "But we think that there are some issues that need to be clarified. We want the incident looked at in greater detail, with more information that was available on Sunday evening."

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