Alpine believe they could have overturned Fernando Alonso's Miami GP penalty that cost him 9th

Fernando Alonso drives in Miami

Alpine have released a statement that says they believe they could have overturned the penalty given to Fernando Alonso that cost him ninth place.

The Spaniard certainly had an eventful Miami Grand Prix, with him pulling off a superb start before a couple of incidents eventually knocked him down the running order.

Indeed, he crossed the line at the end of the race in 8th place, but that would become 9th pretty instantly as a 5-second time penalty was applied after a collision between him and Pierre Gasly.

Worse was to follow for Fernando, though, as another time penalty was slapped on him, dropping him outside of the points-paying positions, which was for gaining an advantage when leaving the track.

Alpine, though, have argued against that second ruling and have suggested, had they been given the chance, that they could have presented evidence to overturn the penalty and keep the two points Alonso would have earned for 9th:

“A disappointing post-race penalty for Fernando for leaving the track and gaining an advantage means our six points at the chequered flag turned into four points and it has cost us a deserved double points finish,” Rossi said via a statement released on Alpine’s Twitter.

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – MAY 05: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Alpine F1 walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at the Miami International Autodrome on May 05, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

“This one is certainly difficult to accept since Fernando handed back the time during the lap and we were not able to present the evidence to clarify the particular situation before the penalty was issued.

“With the opportunity to explain, we’re very confident Fernando would have kept his ninth place.

“We’ll go again next weekend in Spain where we’re determined to piece together a much slicker and, a more fair, race weekend and demonstrate the real potential of our package.”

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