F1 Representative Will Buxton Fumes at FIA For Penalizing Fernando Alonso After Saudi Arabian GP

Vidit Dhawan
|Published 19/03/2023

British reporter Will Buxton vented his frustrations after Fernando Alonso was stripped off a podium finish on Sunday. Alonso had finished the Saudi Arabian GP in third place and looked on course to clinch back-to-back podiums for Aston Martin.

However, only after the race did the team realize that the Spaniard was given a 10-second penalty for not serving his prior penalty correctly. This 10-second penalty was in addition to the 5-second penalty Alonso had received earlier in the race for his incorrect starting grid position.

Will Buxton fumes at FIA’s rules

After the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Will Buxton took to social media to vent out his frustrations at FIA’s rules. The British presenter was furious as the FIA imposed two similar penalties in two consecutive races without giving proper guidelines.

Buxton believes the FIA and the teams use two different methods to calculate the time of the penalty served. And since they don’t use the same method, there has been confusion regarding the same for a second race running.

He followed up his previous post with two other Tweets to explain how this issue could be rectified. Buxton sees no reason why the FIA could not have informed Aston Martin about Fernando Alonso’s penalty earlier. He believes that the FIA had 60% of the race to think over it.

Buxton explained how the FIA could avoid confusion regarding teams serving penalties incorrectly via his third Tweet. The British presenter believes that the FIA representative and the team must be in close proximity to understand when they can start working on their driver’s car. He concluded by stating that it shall not ‘be too hard.’

Fernando Alonso’s penalty promotes George Russell to third

Consequently, of Fernando Alonso getting a 10-second penalty, Mercedes’ George Russell was promoted to third in the Saudi Arabian GP. Meanwhile, Alonso was demoted to fourth, just ahead of fifth-placed Lewis Hamilton.

With Alonso missing out on third, he will have to wait a little while longer before he can clinch his 100th F1 podium. Considering the staggering pace of Aston Martin, it seems that he should achieve this milestone sooner rather than later.

The attention will now shift to the Australian Grand Prix, which takes place in two weeks. The race weekend in Melbourne will happen from March 31 to April 2.

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Vidit Dhawan

Vidit Dhawan

Vidit Dhawan is an F1 writer at The SportsRush. He fell in love with the sport at first sight when F1 visited India in 2011. The noise and the racing action from lights out and away we go to the chequered flag are what keeps him at the edge of his seat at all times. Vidit has been a lifelong Fernando Alonso fan and sees Charles Leclerc as the future of the sport. Other than F1, he also follows football and tennis closely.

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