Alpine’s double world champion Fernando Alonso misplaced his seventh-place end on the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday after stewards upheld a protest from Formulation One rivals Haas in regards to the security of his automobile.
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Renault-owned Alpine, who’re preventing McLaren for fourth within the constructors’ championship with prize cash at stake, responded by protesting the admissibility of the Haas protest.
Haas, who’re eighth and solely two factors away from AlphaTauri, had objected post-race to Alonso and Purple Bull’s Sergio Perez, who completed fourth, being allowed to proceed racing at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas with unfastened bodywork.
Stewards rejected the protest in opposition to Purple Bull however upheld the one in opposition to Alpine, dropping Alonso to fifteenth with a 30-second post-race penalty.
Haas had argued that Alonso’s automobile was in an unsafe situation after a collision as a result of the right-hand mirror, which ultimately fell off, was shifting round.
Additionally they made the purpose they’d been proven a black and orange flag, requiring a driver to pit resulting from mechanical issues or unfastened bodywork, on three events this season.
”A automobile should be in a protected situation all through a race, and on this case, Automotive 14 (Alonso) was not,” stewards mentioned of their ruling. ”It is a accountability of the Alpine staff.”
Alpine mentioned Haas had lodged their protest 24 minutes previous the required deadline, a truth acknowledged by the FIA who had mentioned compliance was not potential, and it mustn’t have been accepted.
”Due to this fact the penalty must be thought of as invalid,” the staff mentioned in an announcement. ”On account of this level, the staff has protested the admissibility of the unique Haas F1 staff protest.”
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Alpine would have scored six factors for Alonso’s seventh place however as a substitute ended up with only one for Esteban Ocon being bumped as much as tenth.
With out Alonso’s factors, Alpine are solely six away from McLaren with three races remaining.
The Spaniard’s demotion meant Haas’s Danish driver Kevin Magnussen moved up from ninth to eighth, doubling his factors haul from the race and sending the staff two factors away from AlphaTauri.
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