Four teams lodge intention to appeal Schumacher’s Sochi win

At least 4 teams in the Formula 2 are considering launching an appeal against Mick Schumacher’s victory in the feature race.

Mick Schumacher made a last-minute call to move his mandatory pitstop to lap nine, following the race-leader Yuki Tsunoda.

The Prema team boss Rene Rosin was frantically giving signals to his mechanics that where expecting Shwartzman instead of Schumacher. Both drivers ended up pitting on the same lap. Schumacher was able to win the race due to this move.
However, the rules state that communication from a team member that is not registered as one of the 12 team members that will be working on the car is banned. Rene Rosin is already investigated for this but wasn’t found to be breaking this rule.

“The team principal’s actions had no impact on the operation of the team, the cars, or the pit stop and, therefore, did not breach the operational personnel limitations of the 2020 F2 Sporting Regulations Article 21.5,” the stewards’ statement read.

However, he was given a €10,000 fine as they concluded that his “actions could be misconstrued under the circumstances, by someone without access to the appropriate camera angles and footage, as giving the appearance of operational direction, the stewards find the team principal committed an act prejudicial to the competition.” has understood that DAMS, Carlin, UNI-Virtuosi, and ART Grand Prix are considering filing an appeal against this decision. The teams have until Monday to do so.

In a separate incident, Schumacher was investigated but cleared of using a “superseded version of the DRS crank” on his car. The investigation concerned a rear-wing element that was made mandatory in Baku last year to remedy an issue that caused multiple DRS failures in the season-opener in Bahrain.

After Schumacher’s crash in qualifying at Monza, Prema re-installed a replacement DRS crank that was the cause of the alleged infringement.


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