In the course of the Portuguese GP weekend, the Swiss squad gained the precise to evaluate the penalty handed to Raikkonen on the final race at Imola, when the FIA handed Raikkonen a 30-second post-race penalty for breaking guidelines underneath the crimson flag restart.
On the lap previous to the restart, Raikkonen spun his Alfa Romeo at Flip three, with F1 guidelines stating that drivers can retake their unique place so long as that is performed earlier than the primary security automobile line.
Raikkonen didn’t transfer again up the order amid uncertainty about whether or not he needed to comply with security automobile procedures that ban such a restoration, and as a substitute took the restart on the monitor.
Alfa Romeo felt that the penalty was unfair and, as a part of the Worldwide Sporting Code, it requested a right to a review of the case based on new evidence.
The evaluate was held as a result of the FIA stated that its interpretation was primarily based on earlier examples of offences from System three and System 2 and it conceded there had not been an event when such a guidelines breach had occurred after a crimson flag in F1 because the guidelines have been modified in 2018.
Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02, and Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521
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The confusion centred across the rule modifications between a rolling restart and a standing begin and, whereas the FIA stewards accepted “there may be ambiguity” amid the restart process, the stewards felt there was not adequate proof to overturn the choice.
“Whereas the stewards perceive why the competitor acted as they did – first to inform the driving force to retake his place, then later to inform him to not retake the place – the stewards stand by their unique determination that the competitor dedicated a breach of Article 42.6 by failing to re-establish his beginning place in the course of the lap behind the security automobile,” the FIA assertion learn.
Consequently, the FIA stewards confirmed the obligatory penalty for breaching this rule stays in place so a 10-second stop-and-go penalty – transformed to a 30-second time penalty when utilized after the race – has been maintained.
Due to this fact the unique determination and end result stands, which means Raikkonen stays demoted from ninth place to 13th place within the Emilia Romagna GP closing classification.