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. 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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