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GP Week : Issue 117
27 FOUR drivers escaped a post-race stewards investigation with a reprimand, after failing to slow sufficiently in a yellow flag zone during yesterday’s Spanish Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Jaime Alguersuari were all called in front of the stewards after the race, but did not receive any penalties for their misdemeanours. Heikki Kovalainen crashed his Team Lotus car into the barriers at Turn 4 with 20 laps to go, bringing out the yellow flags at the beginning of the second sector. The leaders were just coming through at the time the yellow flags came out, and although Sebastian Vettel was ahead of the accident, all those behind were forced to slow down. But the four drivers all set their fastest Sector 2 times on that lap, calling into question whether or not they had slowed. After speaking to the drivers in question and reviewing video evidence, the stewards, of which ex-F1 driver Mark Blundell was a member, decided to issue all four drivers with a reprimand. Drivers escape post-race stewards investigation A SUPeRb start from 10th on the grid to sixth at the end of the first lap helped Michael Schumacher to his best result of the season so far in Spain on Sunday, after bringing his Mercedes home in sixth place. More crucially though, it was the first time this year that he has beaten his team-mate, with Rosberg having taken the chequered flag less than a second adrift in seventh. “ We managed to make the most out of our possibilities today which is good news, especially for our guys who I am happy for,” said Schumacher. “I had a good start; going right through the middle was tight but fortunately it worked out. Then the race was about holding position from there. We can be happy with the result but other than that, it was just tricky with oversteer, tyre degradation and poor balance to deal with. “Still we achieved what we could have, and I look forward to going to Monaco.” Schumacher was under fire after poor performances in the first four races of the year, but was widely praised for his performance in Barcelona. Nevertheless, he still lies 12 points behind Rosberg in the championship standings, a margin he will be hoping to erode further in Monte Carlo next weekend, a race he has won on five previous occasions. Schumacher beats Rosberg F1 SPAIN >>