F1 can have “big drawback” if Austin penalty is upheld

Alonso was handed a 30-second post-race penalty at Austin final weekend because the stewards determined his automotive had been operating in an unsafe situation as a result of harm sustained in his airborne crash with Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll – particularly his right-side wing mirror transferring round earlier than later falling off.

The penalty dropped him from seventh to fifteenth within the last classification and nullified his sterling drive again from operating final after the crash.

This adopted Haas lodging a protest in opposition to Alonso’s end result and that of Sergio Perez because of the Purple Bull driver’s right-side endplate getting broken in a lap one conflict with Valtteri Bottas after which falling off.

Haas was notably upset that neither automotive was known as in as in comparable conditions at three different 2022 races Kevin Magnussen was being compelled to pit for repairs after getting a black-and-orange flag.

Alpine then lodged a protest in opposition to the circumstances that led to an investigation into Alonso’s end result and penalty, as a result of Haas submitted its protest 24 minutes after the cutoff time for such motion and since FIA race management officers by no means confirmed Alonso the black-and-orange flag indicating they felt his automotive was unsafe.

A listening to with the USGP stewards to find out if the protest from the French producer is admissible can be held by way of video convention in a while Thursday at 6pm native Mexican time.

If Alpine’s protest is deemed as admissible, which Alonso feels assured sufficient in to state he’s now “optimistic that we’ll preserve seventh place”, a separate listening to will then be organized so Alpine’s protest will be heard.

Fernando Alonso managed to finish seventh at Austin despite colliding with Lance Stroll.

Fernando Alonso managed to complete seventh at Austin regardless of colliding with Lance Stroll.

Photograph by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport Photos

At Thursday’s the pre-event press convention on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Alonso defined why he was so assured he would preserve his seventh place, earlier than issuing a warning about the way forward for post-race protests ought to Haas’s declare be upheld, in addition to what might occur to drivers operating with broken vehicles in future occasions.

“Initially, you can not enchantment any determination of time penalties – that’s how the foundations are written,” he stated.

“Which is good, as a result of no matter determination you’re taking you can not enchantment – I might like to have that when driving!

“However we protested principally as a result of [the Haas protest was submitted] out of time and there have been a few issues – that the FIA was not exhibiting me the black-and-orange flag.

“They thought the automotive was secure to maintain driving. The automotive went to parc ferme, handed all of the scrutineering, inexperienced mild on parc ferme, after which the protest arrived too late.

“So, between all I believe there isn’t any doubt that this was not the precise determination to take.

“And if that is the precise determination to take, it can open an enormous drawback for the long run in Formulation 1.

“I believe 50, 60, 70% of the vehicles must retire once they have an aerodynamic machine that’s not correctly fastened, as a result of the automotive is gonna be unsafe.

“It is going to additionally open [that] if 20 minutes too late it’s OK to protest – is one month too late? Is one hour too late? Is 10 years too late? When is just too late?

“That, I believe, we can’t afford. As I stated, this can be a essential day for our sport.

“I don’t care about seventh, I’m not preventing for the world championship. But when this goes forward, I believe we’ll open a really… we don’t wish to open that field.”

Alonso, whose reported 42G affect within the crash with Stroll doesn’t seem to have resulted in him struggling any ill-effects forward of this weekend’s race, known as his Sunday at Austin “a rollercoaster of feelings”.

He additionally insisted he has full confidence in F1’s officiating – which has been beneath main focus after the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP farce and a number of other different controversial choices since – forward of the listening to into the admissibility of Alpine’s protest.

“[The] FIA has been very clear to us this yr,” Alonso defined.

“The brand new management with Mohammed [Ben Sulayem, FIA president] I believe are doing issues a bit bit completely different than prior to now.

“So, I absolutely belief what they are going to determine. I believe there are a few issues that have been very clear that have been made fallacious from their aspect [regarding the in-race calls that meant Alonso was not shown the black-and-orange flag].

“I’m very assured I can be once more P7 once more in Austin. If I’m not P7 on the finish, I’m positive they are going to clarify why and we’ll see it clear. So, I’m very relaxed about that.”

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