Alfa confirm German GP appeal lodged

Hungaroring, Budapest

Hungarian Grand Prix – Alfa Romeo have confirmed they have lodged an appeal with the FIA regarding their German Grand Prix time penalties.

Alfa Romeo have confirmed they have formally lodged appeals against the time penalties that ruined their German Grand Prix points finishes.

Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi finished in P7 & P8 respectively at Hockenheim last Sunday, but were demoted out of the top ten after being given post-race thirty second time penalties.

These penalties were handed out as a result of a technical infringement occurring at the start of the race, related to clutch settings.

The team said on Sunday night that, while they respected the stewards’ decision, they would appeal the matter. Alfa had until Thursday evening to file an appeal and they have now indicated that they have done so ahead of the cut-off time.

“It is extremely disappointing to have both cars penalised and pushed out of the points in what had been such an exciting race.” said team boss Frederic Vasseur on Sunday evening. “The situation arose during the laps we spent behind the Safety Car ahead of the standing start: we suffered a dysfunction of the clutch that was beyond our control and we will further investigate the issue.”

If successful in their appeal, the Alfa drivers will get their original finishing positions back. This would mean that the two drivers who were promoted to the points, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Williams’ Robert Kubica, would fall back down out of the points positions.

Speaking ahead of the weekend’s action in Hungary, Alfa confirmed that team manager Beat Zehnder will address the media in the FIA’s Team Personnel Press Conference on Friday, while Vasseur said the team will be focusing on the positives as the last race ahead of the summer break: “We can draw some positives from our performance in Hockenheim: we had our best qualifying in years, we raced strongly and we would have been well placed to be best of the rest in a slightly less eventful race. Our objective will be to capitalise on our pace in Hungary, score as many points as possible and make sure we take a positive momentum into the summer break.”

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