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Fernando Alonso is “very optimistic” the stewards will cancel the penalty which value him the factors he scored in the USA Grand Prix

Alonso completed seventh on the highway in final week’s race at Circuit of the Americas. He rebounded after being caught up in a dramatic collision with Lance Stroll, which the Aston Martin driver was blamed for.

However after incomes reward for his restoration drive, Alonso was handed a 10-second stop-and-go penalty after the race, transformed to a 30-second time penalty, which dropped him to fifteenth place within the remaining classification. The stewards dominated his Alpine staff failed to make sure the protection of his automobile by leaving him on observe with a free wing mirror, which finally fell off.

The penalty took place after Alpine’s rivals Haas protested the results of the race. Alpine has issued a counter-protest which the USA Grand Prix stewards will meet to debate later in the present day. In an announcement on Sunday, Alpine mentioned they may protest “the admissibility of the unique Haas F1 Crew protest”, declaring it was “lodged 24 minutes previous the desired deadline.”

Alonso mentioned he was “very dissatisfied” to study of the stewards’ choice. “It was a rollercoaster of feelings for me on Sunday,” he mentioned in in the present day’s FIA press convention. “Beginning on the again then we had been like P6, we had the accident, final once more after which ending P7. After which within the night once more, out of the factors. So it was up and down all day lengthy. And now this, let’s wait and see.”

He mentioned he’s “very optimistic that we are going to preserve seventh place” and praised the openness with which the FIA has approached factors of dispute since its president Mohamed Ben Sulayem took over on the finish of final 12 months.

“The FIA has been very clear to us this 12 months,” mentioned Alonso. “I believe the brand new management, additionally with Mohammed, I believe are doing issues somewhat bit totally different than up to now. So I’ve full belief [in] what they may determine.

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“I believe there are a few issues which might be very clear that had been made improper from their facet. In order I mentioned, I’m very assured that we are going to be P7 once more in Austin. If I’m not P7 on the finish I’m certain they may clarify why and we’ll see it clear. So I’m very relaxed about that.”

Though Alpine has solely indicated it’s protesting the timing of Haas’s protest, Alonso mentioned the staff had different issues over the precedent set by his penalty.

“We introduced this principally as a result of [the protest] was out of time and there have been a few issues,” he mentioned. “The FIA was not displaying me the black-and-orange flag so that they thought that the automobile was protected to maintain driving. The automobile went by 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 is no such thing as a doubt that this was not the suitable choice to take.”

He warned that if the choice in opposition to him is upheld it would result in many extra drivers having to retire from races or pit on account of harm.

“If that is the suitable choice to take, it would open an enormous drawback for the longer term in Method 1. I believe 50, 60, 70% of the automobiles should retire the automobile once they have a aerodynamic machine that’s not correctly repair as a result of it’s going to be ‘unsafe’ the automobile.

“It should open additionally, if 20 minutes is just too late, it’s okay to protest, is one month too late? Is one hour too late? Is 10 years too late? When it’s too late? In order that, I believe we can’t afford.

“In order I mentioned, it is a crucial day for our sport. I don’t care about seventh, I’m not combating for the world championship, but when this goes forward, we don’t need to open that field.”

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