F1 News: Fernando Alonso America P7 reinstated by the FIA
The biggest controversy from the American GP came after the chequered flag, following the FIA’ decision to award Fernando Alonso a 30-place grid penalty after the race.
Alonso drove spectacularly to recover from his incident with Lance Stroll, but the Spaniard became the victim of Haas’s post-race protest as the American team declared his car illegal.
Haas claimed Alonso’s A522 was unsafue to to the loss of his mirror, which Guenther Steiner argues is against the regulations.
Alpine has lodged a protest against this decision in the days since, and the FIA has ultimately ruled in their favour.
The French squad released the following statement after the decision was announced:
“BWT Alpine F1 Team thanks the FIA stewads for convening and reaching a positive conclusion on the matter involving car #14 from last weekend’s United States Grand Prix.
“The team welcomes the decision made by the aforementioned stewards, whereby Car #14 reinstates its seventh place finish and six points from the race.
“We look forward to continuing our collaborative work alongside the FIA to ensure the racing spectable is maintained to the highest quality.
“The team now looks forward to competing this weekend at the Mexico City Grand Prix.”