Fernando Alonso: Alpine driver questions Formula 1 course after US GP penalty

Alpine driver Fernando Alonso, proper, fought again from a 180mph crash to complete seventh at the US GP in Austin, Texas

Fernando Alonso says a penalty he acquired in the US Grand Prix raises questions concerning the course of the game beneath governing physique the FIA.

A protest by Alonso’s Alpine workforce in opposition to the choice to demote him out of the factors after he completed seventh in a broken automotive can be heard on Thursday.

Alonso wrote on Instagram: “It is an important day for the sport as this decision will dictate if we are going in the right direction.”

Alonso mentioned his put up was in response to messages of help because the penalty.

He thanked those that had contacted him on social media, including: “It’s one of those rare times in sport that I feel we are all on the same page and share the same opinion towards rules and regulations.”

Alonso mentioned after the race that he thought of his drive among the finest of his profession, after he crashed at 180mph, his automotive did a wheelie, hit a wall, he pitted for a brand new entrance wing, resumed on the again and climbed to seventh regardless of broken aerodynamic elements.

The 2-time champion has questioned the decision-making of officers on a lot of events this yr, and his frustrations concerning the inconsistency of policing of motion on monitor are shared by the vast majority of his fellow drivers.

On the Spanish Grand Prix, he accused the FIA of “incompetence” and missing information of racing.

Criticism of the FIA’s working of F1 has been a theme this yr, and the US Grand Prix was the race after the governing physique angered drivers by permitting a restoration car on monitor in situations of poor visibility throughout heavy rain.

Alpine’s enchantment can be heard at 18:00 Mexico Metropolis time (12:00 BST) on 27 October earlier than this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.

The workforce have questioned the US GP stewards’ determination to permit a protest by the Haas workforce regardless of it being posted after the permitted time restrict had expired.

The stewards mentioned of their determination at hand Alonso a 30-second penalty on Sunday that the Spaniard’s automotive was in an unsafe situation as a result of he drove it for a while with a broken wing mirror, after which with out one when it fell off.

Haas identified their automobiles have beforehand been given the black-and-orange warning flag – demanding a automotive is pitted for repairs – on three events in comparable conditions this season.

At no level through the race had been Alpine requested by officers to pit the automotive and take away the mirror, regardless of calls from Haas to race management.

The stewards’ ruling means that any automotive lacking a rear-view mirror after an incident can be compelled to retire in future.

There are additionally questions concerning the consistency of decision-making, after stewards rejected the same protest by Haas in opposition to Sergio Perez’s Purple Bull.

Perez drove some laps with a broken entrance wing, a part of which then fell off the automotive whereas he was working.

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