Alfa Romeo F1 team will appeal post-German GP time penalty

Alfa Romeo has confirmed it is going ahead with an appeal against the penalties imposed on Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi at the Formula 1 German Grand Prix

Alfa Romeo F1 team will appeal post-German GP time penalty

The Swiss team's drivers dropped from seventh and eighth to 12th and 13th at Hockenheim after they were given 30-second time penalties for a breach of F1's clutch regulations.

The FIA stewards ruled that the clutches of the two cars operated in a way that potentially gave the drivers an advantage at the wet standing restart following the formation laps behind the safety car.

At the time the punishment was handed out, Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur claimed that the clutch situation was caused by something outside of the team's control and that it had 'evidence' that could overturn the verdict.

He said: "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.

"We respect the FIA's process and the stewards' work, but will appeal this decision as we believe we have the grounds and evidence to have it overturned. In this regard, we will be in touch with the FIA soon."

Having lodged a notification to appeal on Sunday night after the Hockenheim race, the outfit confirmed ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix that it had now formally lodged paperwork to confirm it wanted to go ahead with the matter.

A short statement on Twitter said: "Alfa Romeo Racing lodged an appeal against the decision No. 56 and 57 of the Stewards of the 2019 German Grand Prix."

A successful appeal for Alfa Romeo would strip Williams of its first point of the season after Robert Kubica was promoted to 10th, while Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton would be dropped from ninth to his original finishing position of 11th - though his championship lead over team-mate Valtteri Bottas would still stand at a healthy 39 points.



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