Fernando Alonso says a penalty he acquired in the US Grand Prix raises questions concerning the route of the game beneath governing physique the FIA.
A protest by Alonso’s Alpine staff towards the choice to demote him out of the factors after he completed seventh in a broken automobile might be heard on Thursday.
Alonso wrote on Instagram: “It is a crucial day for the game as this choice will dictate if we’re stepping into the appropriate route.”
Alonso mentioned his put up was in response to messages of assist for the reason that penalty.
He thanked those that had contacted him on social media, including: “It is a type of uncommon instances in sport that I really feel we’re all on the identical web page and share the identical opinion in direction of guidelines and laws.”
Alonso mentioned after the race that he thought of his drive top-of-the-line of his profession, after he crashed at 180mph, his automobile did a wheelie, hit a wall, he pitted for a brand new entrance wing, resumed on the again and climbed to seventh regardless of broken aerodynamic components.
The 2-time champion has questioned the decision-making of officers on a lot of events this 12 months, and his frustrations concerning the inconsistency of policing of motion on observe are shared by nearly all of his fellow drivers.
On the Spanish Grand Prix, he accused the FIA of “incompetence” and missing data of racing.
Criticism of the FIA’s working of F1 has been a theme this 12 months, and the US Grand Prix was the race after the governing physique angered drivers by permitting a restoration car on observe in circumstances of poor visibility throughout heavy rain.
Alpine’s enchantment might be heard at 18:00 Mexico Metropolis time (12:00 BST) on 27 October earlier than this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.
The staff have questioned the US GP stewards’ choice to permit a protest by the Haas staff regardless of it being posted after the permitted time restrict had expired.
The stewards mentioned of their choice handy Alonso a 30-second penalty on Sunday that the Spaniard’s automobile was in an unsafe situation as a result of he drove it for a while with a broken wing mirror, after which with out one when it fell off.
Haas identified their vehicles have beforehand been given the black-and-orange warning flag – demanding a automobile is pitted for repairs – on three events in related conditions this season.
At no level in the course of the race had been Alpine requested by officers to pit the automobile and take away the mirror, regardless of calls from Haas to race management.
The stewards’ ruling means that any automobile lacking a rear-view mirror after an incident might be compelled to retire in future.
There are additionally questions concerning the consistency of decision-making, after stewards rejected an analogous protest by Haas towards Sergio Perez’s Purple Bull.
Perez drove some laps with a broken entrance wing, a part of which then fell off the automobile whereas he was working.