Mercedes decide against Schumacher appeal

Last Updated: May 18, 2010, 22:04 PM IST

London: Mercedes have decided not to appeal after Michael Schumacher was stripped of sixth place in Sunday`s Monaco Grand Prix for illegally overtaking Ferrari`s Fernando Alonso on the last corner of the race.

Schumacher passed Alonso just after the safety car had left the circuit and was given a drive-through penalty which added 20 seconds to his finishing time, demoting him from sixth to a place out of the points.

"Whilst we cannot be happy with the outcome, we are pleased that the FIA has recognised the reasons for our interpretation (of the law)," a Mercedes statement said, saying the punishment was disproportionately harsh.

"Therefore in the best interests of the sport, Mercedes will not be submitting an appeal.

Bureau Report