Alonso loses F1 factors end with penalty as Haas protest succeeds

Alonso completed seventh on the Circuit of The Americas on Sunday regardless of being concerned in an enormous crash with Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll that noticed his automotive briefly go airborne.

Alonso returned to the pits slowly after the incident, however was capable of proceed after Alpine fitted a brand new entrance wing and contemporary tyres. His proper rear view mirror was visibly free, earlier than then falling off his automotive within the closing phases of the race.

Haas argued that Alonso’s automotive was unsafe because of the free after which lacking right-hand mirror, one thing that was agreed with by the stewards and the FIA’s technical workers.

FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer stated that “a flapping mirror was harmful and it might come free and hit one other driver inflicting harm,” making it unsafe. His view was supported by FIA technical chief Nikolas Tombazis.

The choice was taken to offer Alonso a 10-second cease/go penalty after the race, which was transformed right into a 30-second time penalty, dropping the Spaniard to fifteenth.

Sebastian Vettel strikes as much as seventh, forward of Haas driver Kevin Magnussen who goes as much as eighth, with Yuki Tsunoda taking ninth. Alonso’s Alpine team-mate, Esteban Ocon, strikes into the factors with tenth.

Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522

Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522

Photograph by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Photos

It emerged within the listening to that Haas contacted race management twice throughout the race about Alonso’s free mirror, and was informed that it was being regarded into, just for no motion to be taken.

The stewards stated within the ruling they had been “deeply involved that Automotive 14 was not given the black and orange flag, or at the very least a radio name to rectify the state of affairs, regardless of the 2 calls to Race Management by the Haas staff.”

Additionally they rejected Alpine’s argument that examples from Suzuka in 2019 the place two vehicles drove with free mirrors may very well be thought-about precedents, and stated it was solely Alpine’s accountability to make sure the automotive was being run in a secure method.

Haas additionally lodged a protest towards Sergio Perez’s Purple Bull automotive, however this was thrown out, that means the Mexican retains fourth place.

Haas argued that Perez’s automotive was unsafe because of the free entrance wing endplate, nevertheless it emerged Purple Bull had contacted Bauer with an image of the entrance wing after the incident, and Bauer was happy that it was secure to maintain operating. This was echoed by Tombazis throughout the listening to.

Haas lodged the protests after taking difficulty with the stewards’ choice to throw a black and orange flag towards its vehicles for free entrance wing endplates on three events this season.

Magnussen stated the dearth of a black and orange flag for Perez’s free entrance wing endplate following contact with Valtteri Bottas on the opening lap was “bullshit” given the earlier motion towards Haas this yr.

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