The anger of the Alpine troops after the Haas protest sees Fernando Alonso hit by a penalty

Fernando Alonso at US Grand Prix / Alpine rage after Haas protest saw Fernando Alonso hit with penalty – AFP

Alpine appealed the 30-second penalty that took Fernando Alonso from seventh to 15th after Haas filed a protest against the damage caused in the high-speed crash with Lance Stroll.

Alonso was sent flying when he collided with Stroll’s Aston Martin as the two were pushing for position during Sunday’s United States Grand Prix in Austin, which occurred at speeds close to 200mph when Stroll suddenly he swerved to the left as Alonso tried to pass.

Stroll went out of control due to excessive damage and was lucky not to be picked up by the cars following him, while Alonso’s Alpine went off the track and launched towards the barrier on its rear two wheels, luckily returning with down to earth before being shelled by ArmCo and back on track.

Incredibly, the two-time world champion managed to pit and repairs under the safety car allowed him to return to the back of the group, where he then made a fantastic comeback to go home in the points.

But Haas filed an appeal against Alonso’s car because his right rearview mirror flew off at high speed during the final stages of the race, with the team claiming that the Spaniard should have been shown a black and orange flag for the his car in unsafe condition – and claimed to have faced similar action three times this season for similar circumstances.

After a hearing in which Haas’ Gunther Steiner and Alpine’s Alan Permane were in attendance, the stewards determined that Alonso should have been shown the orange flag because his loose mirror was a hazard in potentially injuring another driver when he fell, and also the dangerous nature of racing without two mirrors. The penalty applied was a 10-second stop-and-go, which equated to a 30-second penalty that took Alonso off the points and promoted Haas’ Kevin Magnussen to eighth place behind Sebastian Vettel to second. AlphaTauri and Alpine’s Yuki Tsunoda and Esteban Ocon climbed to ninth and tenth place respectively.

However, Alpine immediately appealed after expressing her anger at the decision and also claimed that Haas’ protest had come 24 minutes after the deadline for such action.

A statement read: “The BWT Alpine F1 team is disappointed to have received a post-race time penalty for car no. 14 since today’s US Grand Prix, which unfortunately means Fernando is moving out of the points positions.

“The team acted fairly and felt that the car was structurally safe following Fernando’s accident with Lance Stroll on lap 22 of the race with the right rearview mirror detaching from the chassis due to damage caused by the car. accident.

“The FIA ​​has the right to flag a car black during the race if it deems it unsafe and, on this occasion, it has evaluated the car and decided not to wave the flag. “Furthermore, after the race, the FIA ​​technical delegate considered the car legal.

“The team also believes that due to the protest filed 24 minutes after the indicated deadline, it should not have been accepted and therefore the penalty should be considered void.

“As a result, the team protested the admissibility of the original Haas F1 team protest.”

For his part in causing the high-speed crash with Alonso, Stroll will receive a three-place penalty on the grid in next weekend’s race in Mexico.

The Canadian, who will be team-mate at Aston Martin next season with Alonso, was held responsible for the incident when he made a late move to block the Alpine as he passed.

“It was clear to us that the Auto 18 (Stroll) driver made a late move in reacting to the Auto 14 (Alonso) driver’s overtaking attempt by moving to the left,” the stewards said in a statement.

“The stewards determine that the driver of the Car 18 was primarily to blame.”

Stroll also received two penalty points, bringing his total for the year to five.

“There was a big difference in speed and I was defending. I gave him a lot of space to the left of the track, so it wasn’t like I was hitting him against the wall,” the Canadian said in his defense.

“It may have moved earlier or moved more to the left. Luckily it wasn’t a big impact with the wall, I didn’t hit anything hard and I’m fine after the contact.”

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