The FIA plays down Alonso’s complaints with the stewards
Fernando Alonso got a lot of attention during the US Grand Prix in Austin. He did this because of his complaints about professional management decisions, as well as because of the way he did not agree with them.
The alpine man was trying to get past Antonio Giovinazzi when he found Kimi Raikkonen in a comeback he could barely keep. Alonso defended on the inside from the first corner while the Finn kept parallel. The Spaniard blocked the space and forced Raikkonen off the track. The Alfa Romeo driver kept his foot flat, stayed parallel and gained the inside of the next corner, eventually turning the overtaking, which angered Alonso.
Fernando started repeatedly asking on the radio that they should reinstate the position, which didn’t happen and caused Giovinazzi to cross the track limits, at which time, yes, the FIA demanded that the position be reinstated.
There is definitely some controversy over Kimi Raikkonen’s move. There is no likely debate that the Finn driver benefited from using track limits to gain position, something that is theoretically a red line in the sport’s icon. It’s also true that there wasn’t enough room for the two cars to take the curve in parallel, as they touch each other, something that Alonso was the culprit, so perhaps the fairest thing was Raikkonen’s overtaking was disallowed and Alonso received a penalty for not leaving room for the opponent, although That this would complicate everything further.
The problem is the eternal contradiction of the FIA, which in the past, and we must not go too far, had similar procedures in which it would have asked Raikkonen to redo the situation and, above all, many procedures in which this was not the case. He was investigated for leaving the opponent without space, as can be seen in the same race in several actions, such as Nicolas Latifi’s act with Esteban Ocon, where the French had to take a role as a wheel dribbler to avoid being hit.
Fernando affected this discrepancy towards the end of the race, but his way of complaining during the race wasn’t best suited for the two-time world champion. Whatever the case, as Astorian predicted, the maneuver would be talked about, and Michael Massey himself said that he would comment on it at the next meeting with the pilots while trying to downplay it.
“The conversation about him and Kimi in the first corner was definitely. It’s going to be something we’ll discuss at the next drivers meeting with all the drivers. There were two parts of the story, let’s say, which were obviously overtaking and overtaking. Derailing and then obviously after that element Subsequent Transcendence. So this is something we will discuss as a group at the next meeting.”, predicted the Formula 1 race director and president of the FIA in this competition.
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