Michael Schumacher has welcomed the move by the FIA to improve the safety car rules following his last-lap punishment in Monaco for passing Fernando Alonso.
Schumacher grabbed sixth place from Alonso at the last corner, after thinking that the regulations meant he could overtake before the start-finish line because the safety car had driven into the pits. However, the FIA stewards insisted that Schumacher had broken the rules and that overtaking was not allowed at all – even though the safety car had come into the pits.
Although Schumacher's Mercedes GP withdrew its plans to appeal the decision, the FIA also agreed to issue a clarification about the safety car rules as well as changing the system of post-race punishments.
Speaking in Turkey, during his first public appearance since the incident, Schumacher said he was ready to move on from the Monaco events, but happy the FIA had reacted.
"There is no point to get into past incidents," said Schumacher. "But the point is that if I understand the situation correctly, the FIA has identified something that happened in Monaco and they want to improve the situation. That is something good for the sport and I am quite happy for this to happen."
Schumacher said he had no hesitation in diving past Alonso at the final corner – with the team having instructed him that he was racing once the safety car was in the pits.
"I was told, obviously, by the team," he said. "From my side, I checked everything I could internally from driving the car for that particular move."