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Stewards issue verdict after Alpine appeal over Alonso US GP penalty

Fernando Alonso and Alpine have succeeded in their appeal over the Spaniard's post-race penalty at the United States Grand Prix.

Alpine have won their appeal against Fernando Alonso's post-race penalty at the United States Grand Prix, meaning that the Spaniard has had his seventh-place finish reinstated. 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. Both teams attended a stewards' hearing on Thursday 27 October ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, the outcome of which has now been announced.

Alpine request right of review

After the stewards initially upheld the original decision, Alpine submitted a right of review which was successful in overturning Alonso's penalty. The 30-second penalty had dropped the two-time World Champion out of the points, but he is now reinstated to P7. Alpine have released a statement on social media reading: "BWT Alpine F1 Team thanks the FIA stewards for convening and reaching a positive conclusion on the matter involving Car #14 from last weekend’s United States Grand Prix. "The team welcomes the decision made by the aforementioned stewards, whereby Car #14 reinstates its seventh place finish and six points from the race. "We look forward to continuing our collaborative work alongside the FIA to ensure the racing spectacle is maintained to the highest quality. "The team now looks forward to competing this weekend at the Mexico City Grand Prix."

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