Fernando Alonso reckons the FIA’s determination on Alpine’s protest in opposition to the 30-second post-race penalty imposed on them on the US GP in Austin final weekend will dictate the route the game goes.
The Spaniard was penalised after the US GP for working his automotive in an unsafe situation. Alonso was concerned in a mid-race crash with Lance Stroll, following which he dropped down the order earlier than making his approach up the sector to complete P7.
After the race, following a protest from Haas, Alonso got a 30-second penalty that dropped him outdoors the factors. Alpine have protested in opposition to the penalty, and the listening to can be on Thursday earlier than the Mexican GP weekend.
In an Instagram story, Alonso mentioned that the choice on Thursday in regards to the penalty may decide the route the game is taking. He mentioned:
“It is a kind of uncommon occasions in sport that I really feel we’re all on the identical web page and share the identical opinion in direction of guidelines and laws. It is a vital day for the game, as this determination will dictate if we’re stepping into the appropriate route.”
Alpine launched a press release intimating the crew’s protest in opposition to the penalty. The assertion issued on Twitter learn:
“BWT Alpine F1 Group is upset to obtain a post-race time penalty for Automotive #14 from in the present day’s United States Grand Prix, which sadly means Fernando strikes to outdoors the points-paying positions. The crew acted pretty and deemed the automotive remained structurally secure because of Fernando’s incident with Lance Stroll on lap 22 of the race with the right-side rear view wing mirror detaching from the chassis because of accident injury attributable to Stroll.”
“The FIA has the appropriate to black and orange flag a automotive in the course of the race in the event that they contemplate it unsafe and, on this event, they assessed the automotive and determined to not motion the flag. Furthermore, after the race, the FIA technical delegate thought of the automotive authorized.
The crew additionally believes because of the protest being lodged 24 minutes previous the required deadline, it mustn’t have been accepted, and subsequently the penalty ought to be thought of as invalid. Because of this level, the crew has protested the admissibility of the unique Haas F1 Group protest.”
Fernando Alonso’s reflection on race in Austin
Fernando Alonso was pumped after the race in Austin. There was a second within the race the place it appeared the Alpine driver can be compelled to retire.
Alonso took his broken automotive to the pits however was capable of drive it again to the monitor and rating factors. Reflecting on the race, Alonso sounded very blissful together with his efficiency, saying:
“It was a unbelievable race for everyone in the present day. We had been fortunate with the primary Security Automotive, and we had been very quick after that on the Medium tyres. On the restart, I attempted to overhaul Lance (Stroll), he moved in direction of me, and we touched wheels. I believed that I might retire the automotive after the incident, and it was fairly scary.
However the automotive is made from sturdy stuff, and we had been capable of stick with it after altering the entrance wing. I am very happy with our efforts in the present day as a crew. It is unimaginable that we had been capable of make the tyres final on the ultimate stint and regardless of dropping out to Lando (Norris) on the previous couple of laps, we nonetheless come away from this race with some good factors.”
It will likely be fascinating to see if Alonso’s penalty is rescinded by the FIA, however going by their monitor file, it seems unlikely.