Three drivers – namely, Lewis Hamilton and both Mercedes GP drivers – have been let off with a warning by race stewards despite being found guilty of impeding other drivers during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.
The FIA Stewards panel – with whom former F1 driver Johnny Herbert is working this weekend – opted for the softer sentence despite having the power to demote all three to the back of the grid for tomorrow’s race.
Hamilton was found to have baulked Vitaly Petrov during Q2, while Rosberg did likewise to Sergio Pérez in the same session. Schumacher was found to have impeded Nick Heidfeld in the opening phase of qualifying.
The result spares all three from a rear-of-the-grid start, with Lewis Hamilton allowed to keep his front-row grid slot, while Rosberg will keep seventh place, and Schumacher retains 11th on the grid.