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18 May 2010


On the final lap of the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix, MERCEDES GP PETRONAS
instructed our drivers, Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, to race
from safety car line one until the finish line as permitted under
articles 40.7 and 40.11.

MERCEDES GP PETRONAS were fully aware of article 40.13 which states that
no overtaking is permitted if the race finishes under safety car
conditions. However we believed that the combination of the race control
messages 'Safety Car in this lap' and 'Track Clear' and the green flags
and lights shown by the marshals after safety car line one indicated
that the race was not finishing under the safety car and all drivers
were free to race.

This opinion appears to have been shared by the majority of the teams
with cars in the top ten positions who also gave their drivers
instructions to race to the finish line.

It was clear from our discussions with the stewards after the race that
they understood the reasons for our interpretation and acknowledged that
this was a new and previously untested situation but ultimately
disagreed with our interpretation.

MERCEDES GP PETRONAS would like to emphasise that we fully support the
inclusion of past drivers on the stewards panel and are completely
satisfied that the Monaco Grand Prix stewards acted professionally,
impartially and properly in this matter.

The FIA has agreed to include article 40.13 on the agenda of the next
Sporting Working Group for discussion and to consider the scale of post
race penalties. We believe that the 20 second penalty imposed on Michael
to be disproportionate in the circumstances.

Whilst we cannot be happy with the outcome, we are pleased that the FIA
has recognised the reasons for our interpretation. Therefore in the best
interests of the sport, MERCEDES GP PETRONAS will not be submitting
an appeal.

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