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Fernando Alonso

Alonso steps up pressure on FIA after penalty: This decision dictates the future

After Fernando Alonso was handed a 30-second time penalty following a post-race protest from Haas at the United States Grand Prix, Alpine issued their own protest. Both sides will have their case heard by the stewards on Thursday ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, and Alonso believes the final outcome will be important for F1.

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Fernando Alonso has stated that Thursday will be an "important day" for Formula 1 following the news that Alpine's protest against Haas' previous protest against them at the United States Grand Prix will be discussed at a hearing with the stewards.

After the race in Austin, Haas lodged a protest against Sergio Perez's Red Bull and Alonso's Alpine, with the team having taken issue with the lack of action from the stewards regarding damage on both cars.

Whilst the protest against Perez was thrown out, Alonso was handed a 30-second time penalty after his car was deemed to not be in a safe condition during the race, dropping him down from the points-paying position of P7 to P15.

Alpine went on to state that they intended to protest against the admissibility of Haas' protest, with Alonso's team arguing that Haas submitted their protest after the given deadline.

It has been confirmed that both teams will attend a stewards' hearing on Thursday 27 October ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix weekend, and Alonso has since taken to social media to share his thoughts on the situation.

Alonso speaks out about protest hearing

In a post on Instagram Stories, Alonso thanked fans for their support and voiced his view that the outcome of the stewards' hearing will be an important one for the sport.

"Thanks for all the messages I received yesterday and today," the Spaniard wrote on Monday evening.

"It's one of those rare times in sport, that I feel we are all on the same page and share the same opinion towards rules and regulations.

"Therefore, Thursday is an important day for the sport that we love so much, as this decision will dictate if we are going in the right direction for the future.

"Thanks again for all your support."

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