It was perhaps too much to ask that Formula One's most controversial figure, Michael Schumacher, would spend the final few years of his career under the sport's ethical radar and out of the controversy spotlight.
For three years following the team orders debacle at Austria 2002, Schumacher had raced cleanly and largely without any black marks against his name. Monaco 2006 marked a return to the bad old days of 1994 and Jerez 1997.
The key plot points in the incident have all been analysed and dissected repeatedly since Saturday - Schumacher's loss of control and subsequent stall at Rascasse during qualifying, the outpourings of derision from former world champions, rival teams and commentators alike, the tweezers-lipped 'no comment... and that tells you what I think' grumblings from championship leader Fernando Alonso, and Schumacher's and Ferrari's furious refuting of the allegations against them.
Michael Schumacher speaks to the media shortly before his penalty announcement © XPB/LAT
At the heart of the issue sat the three race stewards tasked with the unenviable job not of deciding whether Schumacher had erred (because he clearly had), but whether his mistake was deliberate or not. Article 116b of the Sporting Regulations defined the criteria for the stewards' enquiry: