Michael Schumacher remains confident that his last-lap, last-corner lunge on Fernando Alonso to snatch sixth place was a legal move.
With the Safety Car out on track to clean up the Trulli-Chandhok smash, it peeled off into the pits on the final lap.
Previous versions of the rules have meant that the cars was follow nose-to-tail until they cross the start-finish line, but new-for-2010 rules now mean that overtaking can occur once the Safety Car passes the Safety Car control line, usually located at the entrance to pit lane.
Schumacher duly caught Alonso napping into the Anthony Noghes corner, and forced his Mercedes up the inside in a brilliant opportunistic move to steal sixth place from under the Spaniard’s nose, much to the irritation of Ferrari who immediately lodged a protest with the race stewards.
"I think I’m sixth, I got the message ‘Track Clear’," Schumacher explained to Germany’s RTL network. "That means the Safety Car is gone, the accident zone was clear, so I thought I could go.
"Damon Hill is the steward here…that’s going to be interesting!"