Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi states that Fernando Alonso’s second penalty at the Miami Grand Prix is “difficult to accept.”
Alonso was 8th on track at the Miami GP last Sunday, but was demoted to P9 after a 5-second penalty for causing a collision with Pierre Gasly. Later on, the Spaniard got another penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage. As a result, he dropped down to P11 and was stripped off points.
Alonso cut the turn 14 chicane on lap 53 and the stewards considered that he got unfair advantage over Mick Schumacher as the German fell off the DRS range because of that.
Rossi commented on the decision and stated that the team had not had an opportunity to justify Alonso’s actions.
“A disappointing post-race penalty for Fernando for leaving the track and gaining an advantage means our six points at the checkered flag turned into four points and it has cost us a deserved double points finish,” his statement on Alpine’s social media read.
“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.”