United States GP: Fernando Alonso hits out at FIA guidelines as Alpine attraction penalty following Haas protest

Fernando Alonso dropped from seventh to fifteenth with a penalty following a Haas protest on Sunday, and Alpine have appealed; Alonso says this resolution will dictate if we’re moving into the proper path for the long run.”

Final Up to date: 25/10/22 6:01am


Fernando Alonso has hit out on the FIA’s guidelines after he was handed a United States GP penalty and says the results of Alpine’s attraction will dictate whether or not Method 1 is “moving into the proper path for the long run”.

Alpine’s double world champion Fernando Alonso misplaced seventh place on the Circuit of the Americas on Sunday after stewards upheld a protest from rivals Haas in regards to the security of his automobile as he continued racing with unfastened bodywork.

Renault-owned Alpine, who’re combating McLaren for fourth within the constructors’ championship with prize cash at stake, responded by protesting the admissibility of the Haas protest.

Each Alpine and Haas will meet stewards once more on Thursday forward of the Mexico Metropolis GP.

“It is a type of uncommon instances in sport, that I really feel we’re all on the identical web page and share the identical opinion in the direction of guidelines and rules,” Alonso posted on Instagram on Monday night time as he thanked followers for his or her messages.

Anthony Davidson analyses the crash that sent Fernando Alonso airborne

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Anthony Davidson analyses the crash that despatched Fernando Alonso airborne

Anthony Davidson analyses the crash that despatched Fernando Alonso airborne

“Due to this fact, Thursday is a vital day for the game that we love a lot, as this resolution will dictate if we’re moving into the proper path for the long run.”

Haas, who’re eighth and solely two factors away from AlphaTauri, had objected post-race to Alonso and Crimson Bull’s Sergio Perez, who completed fourth, being allowed to proceed racing after injury from collisions.

Stewards rejected the protest in opposition to Crimson Bull however upheld the one in opposition to Alpine, dropping Alonso to fifteenth with a 30 second post-race penalty.

Alpine driver Fernando Alonso reflects on US GP and highlights the strength of the car after the Spaniard escaped unscathed from an airborne incident

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Alpine driver Fernando Alonso displays on US GP and highlights the energy of the automobile after the Spaniard escaped unscathed from an airborne incident

Alpine driver Fernando Alonso displays on US GP and highlights the energy of the automobile after the Spaniard escaped unscathed from an airborne incident

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 transferring round.

In addition they made the purpose they’d been proven a black and orange flag, requiring a driver to pit attributable to mechanical issues or unfastened bodywork, on three events this season.

“A automobile should be in a secure situation all through a race, and on this case, Automotive 14 (Alonso) was not,” stewards stated of their ruling. “It is a accountability of the Alpine crew.”

Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll collided at the US GP, with Alonso sent airborne as a result

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Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll collided on the US GP, with Alonso despatched airborne consequently

Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll collided on the US GP, with Alonso despatched airborne consequently

Alpine stated Haas had lodged their protest 24 minutes previous the desired deadline, a truth acknowledged by the FIA who had stated compliance was not attainable, and it mustn’t have been accepted.

“Due to this fact the penalty needs to be thought of as invalid,” the crew stated in a press release. “Because of this level, the crew has protested the admissibility of the unique Haas F1 crew protest.”

Alpine would have scored six factors for Alonso’s seventh place however as an alternative 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’ Danish driver Kevin Magnussen moved up from ninth to eighth, doubling his factors haul from the race and sending the crew two factors away from AlphaTauri.

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