Aston Martin petition for ‘Right of Review’ over Alonso’s penalty following clash with Sainz in China


Aston Martin have petitioned for a ‘Right of Review’ over the stewards’ decision to give Fernando Alonso a penalty following his collision with Ferrari rival Carlos Sainz during the Sprint race in China.

Alonso and Sainz clashed while fighting over third position in the 100-kilometre dash at the Shanghai International Circuit, with their contact at Turn 9 sending the former into retirement and leaving the latter to salvage fifth place.

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With the stewards determining that he “caused a collision”, Alonso was handed a 10-second time penalty and three penalty points for his actions, giving him a total of six for the 12-month period.

However, in the build-up to this weekend’s Miami Grand Prix, it was confirmed by the FIA that Aston Martin have initiated a ‘Right of Review’ process, with the hearing to take place across two stages.

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Representatives from both Aston Martin and Ferrari have been called to the stewards at 0800 Miami time (14:00 CEST) on Friday, May 3, to initiate the process.

“It should be noted that this hearing will be held in two parts: the first part will be to hear evidence as to whether there is a ‘significant and relevant new element which was unavailable to the party seeking the review at the time of the decision concerned’,” explained the stewards’ note.

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“Should the stewards determine, in accordance with Article 14.3 of the FIA International Sporting Code, that such an element exists, a second part of the hearing will be convened at a time to be advised.

“Any other ‘concerned party’ may seek the permission of the stewards to be present for the second part of the hearing, should one be convened.”



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