Alfa Romeo asks for review of Raikkonen penalty

Zak Mauger/Motorsport Images shares share tweet pin sms send email By Chris Medland | May 1, 2021 10:03 AM Alfa Romeo has requested a review of Kimi Raikkonen’s penalty that cost him points at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Raikkonen spun before a race restart after a red flag at Imola, and lost positions that […]

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By Chris Medland |

May 1, 2021 10:03 AM

Alfa Romeo has requested a review of Kimi Raikkonen’s penalty that cost him points at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Raikkonen spun before a race restart after a red flag at Imola, and lost positions that he was told by his team not to regain due to the dangerous track conditions that necessitated a rolling start rather than a standing one. For normal race restarts, drivers have to regain their grid position before a certain point or enter the pit lane, but Alfa Romeo asked the FIA for clarity and did not receive it until the first racing lap was underway.

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Although the stewards acknowledged a number of contradictory regulations that essentially left Alfa Romeo in an impossible position due to the fact drivers are not allowed to overtake under the safety car — something Sergio Perez was penalized for in the same race — Raikkonen was handed a 10-second stop-and-go penalty applied post-race as a 30-second time penalty, dropping him from ninth place out of the points.
Alfa Romeo lodged a petition for review on Thursday and has now had a team representative called to the stewards at Portimao in order to discuss the matter, with the meeting set to take place after qualifying.
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Chris Medland

While studying Sports Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, Chris managed to talk his way into working at the British Grand Prix in 2008 and was retained for three years before joining ESPN F1 as Assistant Editor. After three years at ESPN, a spell as F1 Editor at Crash Media Group was followed by the major task of launching F1i.com’s English-language website and running it as Editor.
Present at every race since the start of 2014, he has continued building his freelance portfolio, working with international titles. As well as writing for RACER, he contributes to BBC 5Live and Sky Sports in the UK as well as working with titles in Japan and the Middle East.

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