At the weekend it was Monaco GP and usually nothing major happens. Well 2010 was filled with accidents so the Safety car was out quite a lot.
Within the last 5 laps of the race the safety car was still out and on the last lap the lights went out on the safety car. This is where the (Overtake) took place, Schumacher went up the inside of Alonso on the last corner.
In years gone by you couldn’t over take until you had crossed the start finish line, but also the lead car would take control of the trailing pack, he would usually back them up really tight in the last few corners of the lap and on the last corner at the drivers discretion he would give it a boot full usually catching everyone out.
Anyway this year they have a white line near the pit entrance which is your marker for been allowed to overtake. So Schumacher should of been allowed to overtake.
Below is a snippet of the rule
“Article 40.13 of the FIA F1 Sporting Regulations states, “If the race ends while the safety car is deployed, it will enter the pit lane at the end of the last lap and the cars will take the chequered flag as normal without overtaking.””
Strangely enough this year at each race there is an experienced F1 driver present, who will give there opinions to the marshalls, oh it was Damon Hills turn. Some say that its revenge but he states that he wasn’t aware it would be him giving the penalty.
Here’s Ross Brawn given loads of evidence to prove that he was right.