Formula 1 | Haas F1 claim: Alonso penalized, Pérez cleared

The stewards made their ruling after hearing from Alpine F1 and Red Bull following complaints from Haas F1. The American team lamented that Fernando Alonso drove with a mirror ready to come off, which happened on the straight.

On Sergio Pérez’s side, Haas was annoyed that the Red Bull driver did not receive a black and orange flag. In fact, his front wing fin was broken during the first laps, a situation close to Kevin Magnussen, who had to return to the pits three times at the start of the race this season.

Alonso’s A522 rear-view mirror is considered dangerous

In the case of Alonso, the marshals actually judged that his Alpine A522 had rolled, while it was dangerous for the other pilots. The main points of the criteria that were presented at the hearing are thus summarized in the FIA’s press release:

“Haas representatives claimed the car was unsafe and noted that their car(s) had been awarded the black and orange flag three times this year for situations where their car was in an unsafe condition.”

“Mr Steiner explained that Peter Crolla had contacted race control to report the problem with car 14 twice during the race and was told that the problem was being investigated.”

“Mr Permane claims that the rear-view mirror came off through no fault of the driver or the team and that this was due to the collision that the driver of car 18 caused with car 14. He also claims that only at one point in the race, after retro fell off, there was a car behind car 14 and the race engineer warned the driver about the gap “With this car. the driver of the hole with this car. There was also a precedent at Suzuka in 2019 where the cars of Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc were allowed to continue with retrograde problems.”

“Evidence shows that Car 14 was first driven with the mirror flapping for a significant number of laps, then without the mirror after it fell off.”

“Mr Bauer (FIA delegate, editor’s note) claimed that a folding mirror was dangerous and that it could come off and hit another driver and cause injury. It was therefore a dangerous practice.”

Alonso loses the advantage of his great race

The stewards therefore issued a report concluding that Alonso should have been called back to his pit so the team could intervene on the rear-view mirror before he broke away. The equivalent of 10 seconds of Stop And Go, or 30 seconds, was imposed on the Spanish driver.

“Stewards are deeply concerned that car 14 has not received the black and orange flag, or at least a radio call to rectify the situation, despite the two calls to race control by the Haas team.”

“Notwithstanding the above, Article 3.2 of the Formula One Sporting Regulations is clear: a car must be in a safe condition during a race, and car 14 was not in this case. That is the responsibility of an Alpine team.”

“The stewards do not consider the 2019 Suzuka incidents to be ‘precedent’.”

“After reviewing the evidence, the stewards decide that the protest is valid and the protest costs are refunded.”

“Stewards decide to impose a 10 second Stop and Go penalty (30 second post-race time penalty) on car 14.”

“No penalty points are awarded as this is a team affair.”

Red Bull has proven the absence of danger to the FIA

Red Bull allowed Sergio Pérez to keep his place by taking the lead during the race. As soon as the Mexican lost his vertical fin, the team sent evidence to race control that the front wing was safe.

“Haas representatives claimed the car was unsafe and noted that their car(s) had been flagged in black-orange three times this year for similar situations.”

“Mr. Bauer explains that after the vertical fin fell, Red Bull contacted him and sent him detailed pictures of the front wing. Mr. Bauer determined that the car was not in an unsafe condition. .”

“Mr. Tombazis agrees that the car is not dangerous.”

This is how the commissioners determined that this complaint was inadmissible. Alonso’s penalty pushed him back to 15th, while Sebastian Vettel, Kevin Magnussen and Yuki Tsunoda scored more points. Alpine F1 scores one as Esteban Ocon scores points.

pos. Pilot Car Gap Stopping
01 Max Verstappen Red Bull RBPT RB18 56 laps – 1h42m11.687s 2
02 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W13 +5,023 2
03 Charles Leclerc Ferrari F1-75 +7,501 2
04 Sergio Perez Red Bull RBPT RB18 +8,293 2
05 george russell Mercedes W13 +44,815 3
06 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes MCL36 +53,785 2
07 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 +65,354 2
08 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari VF-22 +65,834 1
09 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri RBPT AT03 +70,919 2
10 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault A522 +72,875 2
11 Guanyu-Zhou Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42 +76,164 2
12 Alex Albon Williams Mercedes FW44 +80,057 2
13 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri RBPT AT03 +81,763 2
14 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari VF-22 +84,490 2
15 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault A522 +85,075 2
16 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes MCL36 +90,487 2
17 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes FW44 +103,588 2
18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 DNF 1
19 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42 DNF 1
20 Carlos Sainz Ferrari F1-75 DNF 1

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