Panasonic Toyota Racing has decided not to pursue its appeal against the 25s penalty added to Ralf Schumacher's race time in the San Marino Grand Prix. Schumacher dropped from 8th to 11th in the final classification as a result of the penalty.
The team lodged an appeal on the evening of the race because it wanted the opportunity to undertake a detailed analysis of the incident. After an exhaustive review of the data, the team feels that the evidence is not conclusive and has decided not to take the matter further.
The team will however work together with the FIA and the other teams to further clarify what constitutes the 'safe release' of the car by the competitor following a pit stop at the subsequent Team Managers meeting.
Panasonic Toyota Racing will now focus its attention on the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona.