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Alfa Romeo to appeal Raikkonen, Giovinazzi penalties

  • Published on 29 Jul 2019 10:55
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Alfa Romeo has confirmed that it will appeal the FIA's decision to penalise both of its drivers after the German Grand Prix, which dropped them both out of the points.

Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi originally finished eighth and ninth respectively but were investigated after it was found their clutch and torque performance at the start didn't fall into the regulations.

However, Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur is confident that the penalties can be overturned, which would deliver the team's points back.

"It is extremely disappointing to have both cars penalised and pushed out of the points in what had been such an exciting race,” said Vasseur.

“The situation arose during the laps we spent behind the safety car ahead of the standing start: we suffered a dysfunction of the clutch that was beyond our control and we will further investigate the issue.

"We respect the FIA’s process and the stewards’ work, but will appeal this decision as we believe we have the grounds and evidence to have it overturned. In this regard, we will be in touch with the FIA soon.

“Kimi and Antonio drove very well in challenging conditions and seventh and eighth place were the rightful reward for their performance.

"The team worked really hard to put both cars in the points and we showed once again that we have the pace to fight at the sharp end of the midfield. This race was a great showcase for Formula 1 and it’s a pity it ended this way.”

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  • A dysfunction on both cars, and the exact same kinda dysfunction to boot? Smells a bit fishy.

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    • Jul 29 2019 - 15:57
    • Seriously, what a coincidence

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      • Jul 29 2019 - 15:58
    • Well, not saying their story isn't true, but I feel it's weird that said issue would happen on both cars simultaneously, and we'd only hear it now.

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      • Jul 29 2019 - 16:20
  • f1dave

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    Just too many regulations !

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    • Jul 29 2019 - 16:32
  • They've got to try it anyway. With the amount of torque they had being so far over what is allowed I seriously doubt they will win an appeal.

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    • Jul 29 2019 - 21:50
  • RogerF1

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    Yet again F1 making it’s own coffin and even digging the grave. 30 sec penalty for a 0.27 sec infringement at the start in the pouring rain of a race lasting - how long, 90 minutes??? That’s barely the blink of an eye and they’re not even saying they jumped the start. I feel really sorry for the drivers who put on the best race of the year for the armchair tech hero's to decide they might as well have stayed in the motor homes. Rules might be rules, but ones that measure the drop of a clutch to less than 0.07 of a second are just plain bizarre.

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    • Jul 30 2019 - 00:30

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