Puncture and flag investigation no problem for Alonso

2013 Spanish Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2013Fernando Alonso’s drive to victory in the Spanish Grand Prix was almost undone by a puncture during his fourth stint.

“We had to bring forward the final stop because of a slow puncture which meant the left rear tyre was losing pressure in the final part of the lap,” Alonso revealed after the race. “Fortunately, that had no effect on the final outcome.”

Despite his earlier than expected arrival Ferrari’s mechanics produced the fastest pit stop of the race for Alonso when he came in on the 49th lap.

Alonso was also investigated by the stewards for a potential rules infringement after the end of the race when he collected a Spanish flag.

This is forbidden by article 43.3 of the Sporting Regulations which says: “After receiving the end-of-race signal all cars must proceed on the circuit directly to the post race parc ferme without any unnecessary delay, without receiving any object whatsoever and without any assistance (except that of the marshals if necessary).”

However the stewards decided not to penalise Alonso, stating: “no further action was taken to be consistent with a previous decision made under similar circumstances.”

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64 comments on Puncture and flag investigation no problem for Alonso

  1. dragoll (@dragoll) said on 13th May 2013, 6:43

    I don’t think I’ve seen another comment on here about the tyre… I’ll be interested to find out if the slow puncture was due to debris or the beginning of a delamination process.

    Can you imagine what would have happened if that tyre had lost its pressure at the start of the lap and he had to limp back to the pits, and in the process lose the race because of it. The Spanish fans would have torn Pirelli officials apart as they tried to leave the circuit.

    • Starbuck (@starbuck) said on 13th May 2013, 10:25

      Stefano Domenicali said Alonso picked up debris. Thanks to Pirellis new technology, the debris stuck in the tire instead of cutting it, therefore losing air slowly.

  2. Merv (@) said on 13th May 2013, 8:17

    It doesn’t matter what your personal opinion is, a rule is a rule and should be adhered to.

    It’d be easy for any “home country” marshall to conceal some heavy object in a flag to be left in the car afterwards.

    For what it’s worth, I don’t believe Alonso did anything sinister, just celebrated his home win. But, like I said, my opinion doesn’t matter, a written rule was broken.
    If the FIA are going to continue to ignore the rule on the grounds of precedent, then the rule needs to be deleted or rewritten.

  3. Paul2013 said on 13th May 2013, 9:48

    Flags and races … it is normal.

  4. anon said on 13th May 2013, 12:45

    Rules don’t apply to Alonso. Just like Valencia last year you can get out of your car and make everyone wait an eternity for you to get back to the pits. All because he won a race…

  5. dkpioe said on 13th May 2013, 13:57

    (My attempt for COTD):
    If Alonso is investigated for picking up an object on cool down lap (Spanish flag), why werent the other drivers also investigated for picking up objects, they all picked up rubber off track on the cool down lap that was not necessarily theirs :P its a silliy rule, ofcourse it is there for a reason, but at the same time it wont be enforced because of commonsense… or so we think…. not all steward decisions have made sense over the years ;)

  6. Why are all Alonso fans so mortified about this investigation and furiously defending the action ??? Amusing… I am mortified that FIA still has no guts to either give punishments from this proven rule breaking, or change the rule.

    • Fisha695 (@fisha695) said on 14th May 2013, 7:15

      Here is the thing though, nowhere in the rulebook does it say “if you break a rule you must be penalized”, in-fact the rulebook says quite the opposite with the little clause of (and I don’t feel like opening it now to get the exact wording but this is the jist of it) “To be enforced at Stewards/Promoters/Officials discretion”.

      • I know there is that clause. That is not the point I’m trying to make, the point is that rules should be obeyed the way they are written. If violation of this rule is actually never causing any sanctions, rule should be re-written. Something like: Exception to rule xx: Winning driver may pickup a flag after the finish line as long not causing any risk to safety. Flag must not be left in the car when arrived to parc ferme.

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