US GP: Fernando Alonso hits FIA rules as Alpine appeal penalty after Haas protests
Fernando Alonso dropped from Saturday to 15th with a penalty after a Haas rally on Sunday, and Alpine appealed; Alonso said that this decision will determine if we are on the right track for the future. ”
Last Updated: 10/24/22 11:35 pm
Fernando Alonso has breached FIA rules after he was awarded a penalty at the United States GP and says the outcome of Alpine’s appeal will decide whether Formula 1 is “on the right track for the future”. are not.
Alpine doubles world champion Fernando Alonso lost seventh place at the Circuit of the Americas on Sunday after managers protested outcry from rival Haas over the safety of his car when he continued racing with the loose bodywork.
Renault-owned Alpine, who is battling McLaren for fourth place in the constructors’ championship with prize money at stake, reacted by protesting accepting the rally. Haas’s love.
Both Alpine and Haas will meet their managers again on Thursday before the Mexico City GP.
“It’s one of those rare times in sport I feel like we’re all on the same page and on the same page for rules and regulations,” Alonso posted on Instagram on Monday night as He thanked fans for their messages.
“Thus, Thursday is an important day for the sport we love so much, as this decision will determine whether we are on the right track for the future.”
Haas, who finished eighth and was just two points ahead of AlphaTauri, opposed the race after Alonso and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who finished fourth, were allowed to continue racing after suffering damage from the collision.
Stewards rejected the rally against Red Bull but kept his protest against Alpine intact, dropping Alonso to 15th with a 30-second post-race penalty.
Haas argued that Alonso’s car was in an unsafe condition after a collision because the right mirror, which eventually fell off, was moving around.
They also made the point that they have been given a black and orange flag, requiring a driver to pit due to mechanical problems or loose bodywork, on three occasions this season.
“A car must be in a safe condition during the race, and in this case, Vehicle 14 (Alonso) must not,” the managers said in their ruling. “This is a responsibility of the Alpine team.”
Alpine said Haas filed their objections 24 minutes past the allotted time limit, a fact acknowledged by the FIA, who said compliance was not possible and should not have been accepted.
“The penalty should therefore be considered invalid,” the team said in a statement. “As a result of this point, the team has objected to the acceptance of the original rally by the F1 Haas team.”
Alpine should have scored six points for Alonso’s seventh but instead, just one point for Esteban Ocon being pushed to 10th.
Without Alonso’s points, Alpine is only six points behind McLaren with three races remaining.
The Spaniard’s demotion meant Haas’ Danish driver Kevin Magnussen was promoted from ninth to eighth, doubling his points after the race and two points ahead of AlphaTauri.