Alpine feels it could have successfully appealed against Fernando Alonso’s two-point post-race penalty in Miami, calling the decision “tough to swallow.”
Alonso finished tenth in the Miami Grand Prix after receiving a five-second time penalty for colliding with AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly during the race.
However, the two-time world champion was knocked out of contention when the FIA stewards issued a second five-second penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.
On Lap 53, Alonso cut the chicane at Turn 14, allowing him to move away from Mick Schumacher and out of the Haas driver’s DRS range. The sentence was imposed because he was believed to have obtained a long-term advantage.
Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi criticised the decision in a post released on social media on Wednesday, stating that Alonso had given back the time to Schumacher on the same lap and that the team had not had the opportunity to clarify this.
“A disappointing post-race penalty for Fernando for leaving the track and gaining an advantage means our six points at the chequered flag turned into four points and it has cost us a deserved double points finish,” Rossi said.
“This one is certainly difficult to accept since Fernando handed back the time during the lap and we were not able to present the evidence to clarify the particular situation before the penalty was issued.
“With the opportunity to explain, we’re very confident Fernando would have kept his ninth place.
“We’ll go again next weekend in Spain where we’re determined to piece together a much slicker and, a more fair, race weekend and demonstrate the real potential of our package.”
Time penalties are not appealable, and no summons is issued to allow the team or driver to present their case, leaving the stewards to make the final decision.
Alonso’s penalty moved Williams driver Alex Albon into ninth place, and Lance Stroll into tenth place by a tenth of a second in the final standings.