Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Yas Marina, 2013

No penalty for Alonso over Vergne incident

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Yas Marina, 2013The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix stewards have taken no action over the incident between Fernando Alonso and Jean-Eric Vergne during the race.

Alonso was investigated for “allegedly leaving the track and gaining an advantage” at turn three when he overtook the Toro Rosso driver.

The stewards ruled that “While car three [Alonso] did leave the track at turn three to four the stewards believe that he had no choice, as car eighteen [Vergne] closed on him.”

“Car eighteen was at the end of his stint with worn tyres and was fully committed to the turn as car three exited the pits. Telemetry confirms that car three was significantly faster, on option tyres, and had the advantage throughout the sequence. The drivers’ explanations were completely clear.

“Therefore the stewards determine that neither car could avoid the incident, and no advantage was gained as a result of the incident.”

Alonso blamed Vergne for the incident, saying the Toro Rosso driver left him insufficient space.

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147 comments on “No penalty for Alonso over Vergne incident”

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  1. Fair. And Vergne agrees with the FIA.

    1. He didn’t see it from outside or above or from Alonso’s car, so his ability to judge it is somewhat impaired, but off course, when the stewards have spoken he knows that his opinion won’t change things. Fact is that had it been with barriers like in Monaco, Alonso would have backed off as many have pointed out, and this logic makes it obvious that the stewards are wrong on this issue. They should immediately have asked Alonso to give the position back and the issue would have been solved correctly. It is difficult and a bit unfair to give him a punishment after the race.

  2. These on/off track discussions can be avoided by making the tracks interesting again.
    Give us back the sand traps, tyre-stacks and move the barriers closer to the track.
    This wouldn’t be a discussion if it happened on a track like monaco. Alonso would’ve hold back or crashed into the barrier.
    There is no ‘penalty’ anymore for making mistakes. Nowadays you can just move on. In the past you would have your car trapped in the sand. I think it would make racing more exiting.
    I’ve really started to hate these Herman Tylke tracks. Pure Boredom.

  3. If the driver involved in the incident would have been a driver other than Alonso, say Di Resta, I’m certain the reaction from the readers would have been very different. Since Alonso is not liked very much, whatever he does or does not do is always under scrutiny …

  4. Michael Brown (@)
    5th November 2013, 15:08

    Alonso going off track to avoid a crash is ok. He should have given the place back to Vergne because he overtook him off the track, which is an illegal overtake.

    The stewards are saying that Alonso had a much larger grip and speed advantage, but that doesn’t excuse him from overtaking illegally.

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