Motor racing-Alonso expects his US GP demotion to be rescinded
MEXICO CITY, October 27 (Reuters) – Alpine’s Fernando Alonso said on Thursday he expected his demotion from seventh place at last weekend’s United States Grand Prix to be overturned and warned the sport otherwise risked creating a ” huge problem” for the future.
The two-time world champion gave up the points in Austin when stewards upheld a post-race protest by Haas against his permission to continue with a loose mirror that eventually fell off.
Belonging to Renault Alpine then protested the admissibility of the Haas protest.
A video hearing was scheduled at the Mexican Grand Prix later on Thursday with US stewards on whether to consider Alpine’s protest.
“I’m very optimistic that we will hold on to seventh place,” Alonso told reporters at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
“The FIA has been very transparent with us this year… so I have full confidence in what they will decide.
“I think there are a few things that are very clear and have been done wrong on their end. I’m very confident that I will be P7 again.”
Alonso said the stewards had made the wrong decision and sticking to it “would open up a huge problem for the future of Formula 1.
“I think 50, 60, 70 percent of cars will have to retire when they have an aero device that’s not attached properly,” he said.
“If 20 minutes too late is OK to protest, is a month too late? Is an hour too late? Is 10 years too late? too late? I don’t think we can afford it.”
Haas had argued that Alonso’s car was in a dangerous condition after a collision because the right side mirror was moving.
They also claimed they had been shown a black and orange flag, forcing a driver to pit due to mechanical problems or loose bodywork, on three occasions this season when Alonso was not. not.
Alpine said Haas filed its protest 24 minutes too late and should not have been accepted.
Alpine would have scored six points for Alonso’s seventh place but was left with just one point for Esteban Ocon who was pushed back to 10th. That left Alpine only six clear of McLaren with three races remaining.
Alonso’s demotion moved Haas’s Kevin Magnussen from ninth to eighth, doubling his race points tally.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London; Editing by Ken Ferris)
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