Grand Prix du Canada – How Alpine, the most sanctioned, is deprived (for the time being) of the 4th position of the championship

Fernando Alonso lost two places and four points after the arrival of the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday. A point on your super license, too. FIA commissioners could not stand their defensive zigzags against Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) between corners 10 and 12, in the penultimate round of the ninth round of the World Cup at the Gilles-Villeneuve Circuit. They added five seconds to their race time, which dropped them behind Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou, the members of Alfa Romeo who are – somewhat regretted – the brand’s hasty opponents in the A arrow. Constructors’ World Championship.

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It’s the first time the field veteran has been pinched in a race this year, and he was simply put on the same diet as Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) in Melbourne. We can still see that he has only six of the 12 points left in his Formula 1 driver’s license. When he has none left, he will be suspended for a race. However, each lost point is recovered after one year, moving it further away from that spectrum; unlike the Canadian general champion mentioned above.

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Double problem in Miami

Unfortunately, this is not the first time for his team, Alpine, much less. The French team is at the forefront of the most penalized since the start of the season; not less than five times in total. And he won’t see the points he lost during the Grand Prix this season.

If Fernando Alonso was mentioned in the Belle Province on Sunday, Esteban Ocon was also captured by the federal patrol. The soap opera began in Imola. During the fourth round of 2022, the Evreux native was penalized with 5 seconds for coming out of his pit in a dangerous manner. An “insecure release” that is a bit of the blue team’s specialty this season, and that had consequences: the 5-second penalty imposed on the driver of the A522 n ° 31 dropped from 11th to 14th place final.

On the other hand, during the next event in Miami, Fernando Alonso suffered a double penalty for his double foul: an attack from nothing on Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) and a time-saving save in a cut. Result: a penalty of ten seconds, two places (from P9 to P11) and 2 missing points.

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Knowing how to return an unfair advantage

“It’s my mistake and it happens to me sometimes. I slowed down too late and destroyed Pierre’s career.”, strongly acknowledged the “Nando” block. As for the second fault, he could have repaired it himself, if he had really wanted to or if the team had encouraged him to do so. But, that’s the problem, neither of them wanted to acknowledge the mistake in its magnitude. After his straight, the Asturian did not really slow down to erase his “lasting gain”, as accused by the FIA. Interestingly, as on Sunday in Montreal, Fernando Alonso also made his mistake in the final laps. Did you naively think of escaping an investigation? With a beginner we would have understood, but less so.

In Miami, the offense was obvious enough to dispense the race director from summoning him or a team representative. Trapped alpine, Otmar Szafnauer could only express his surprise and demand a clearer rule from the FIA. Which is apparently enough, as the FIA ​​has not made any updates since. High authority still finds it easy to assess undue time savings on the track and continues to punish minimalist repairs.

It must be said that Alpine and its drivers have often played like other teams with limits this season, and sometimes they have found them. But Esteban Ocon’s descent from ninth to twelfth place (another 5 seconds penalty) in the Principality remains an aberration and a testament to the approaches of which the FIA ​​does not cure.

Points worth millions of euros

When braking on lap 1, on lap 18 of the Monaco Grand Prix, the Frenchman was on his right. He was almost a step ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes when he hit him and destabilized him. “I went to the police station, because this criminal case is illogical and makes no sensehe later annoyed Esteban Ocon. I was told that there was a new rule that stipulates that when there is a car inside it is sanctioned who is assaulted. They confirmed to me that last year would have been a simple fact of competing, and that they themselves did not understand the rule.

“With ten points scored, the team retains its fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship, eight behind McLaren”, wrote Alpine on Sunday evening. But when we take stock, the total sanctions imposed amount to eight points. Mistakes or misunderstandings that are costly as they deprive the team of being in fourth place in the World Cup, its precise goal this season, and potentially tens of millions of euros of the distribution of sports profits at the end of the season .

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