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FIA respond to Williams request regarding Fernando Alonso after Sirotkin penalty

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Williams have seen their request for the FIA to look at a number of incidents from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix rejected on Tuesday.

The team lodged a complaint with the main body after Sergey Sirotkin was given a three-grid penalty for the upcoming race in Spain on Sunday due to a first-lap crash with Sergio Perez.

Williams pointed other incidents involving Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon, and Pierre Gasly in the last race as inconsistencies in the FIA's decision process.

Not satisfied with highlighting those issues, Williams found two more incidents to point out, but the FIA were in no mood to change their original ruling.

"The stewards decide, unanimously, that there is no new significant and relevant element present, ‘which justifies a review of any of the 5 incidents referred to in the request,” the official statement read, as per Planet F1.

The decision means that Sirotkin’s impending penalty will still be enforced and the other decisions made at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix all stand.

"In relation to the incident described in Document 34 (SIR/PER) it is noted that this was a case where one car crashed into the rear of another, and was not similar to other first lap incidents where cars were side-by-side.

"The penalty was similar to other penalties for similar collisions and was consistent with the minimum grid penalties given previously.

Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix

"The fact that the written decision in Document 34 did not reach the team until 1728hrs was not deemed relevant because this was well before the time for any protest or appeal had expired. This is mentioned in the context of the team’s argument that some other incidents were not penalised or were not penalised sufficiently."

After being a reserve driver for Renault in 2017, the Russian youngster finally earned a permanent seat in 2018 but has been a tough start for the 22-year-old as he has only been able to complete two of the four races, finishing 15th on both occasions.

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The team as a whole has struggled to be competitive with Lance Stroll picking up just the four points from his eighth-place finish in Azerbaijan.

After the FIA ruling, the likelihood of Sirotkin getting his first points in Spain look very slim indeed.

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