Stewards decisions – No penalty for Raikkonen, Renault suspended from European GP

Renault team suspended from European GP

Renault team suspended from European GP

Kimi Raikkonen escaped without penalty following the investigation of an incident at the start of the race. While I do not wish any driver loosing his podium finish I would welcome some explanation from stewards while this incident was investigated after the race while two weeks ago similar incident involving Mark Webber was investigated right away (and resulted in drive through penalty).

Red Bull was reprimanded for the unsafe release of Mark Webber during a pitstop when he almost collided with Kimi Raikkonen.

Renault team was not that lucky. The team has been suspended from the European GP for Fernando Alonso wheel loss incident. Here is the stewards decision:

1. The competitor knowingly released Alonso without one of the retaining devices for the wheel-nuts being securely in position, this being an indication that the wheel itself may not have been properly secured.

2. Being aware of this failed to take any action to prevent the car from leaving the pitlane.

3. Failed to inform Alonso of this problem or to advise him to take appropriate action given the circumstances, even though the driver contacted the team by radio believing he had a puncture.

4. This resulted in a heavy car part detaching at Turn 5 and the wheel itself detaching at Turn 9.

Having breached Article 23.1.i and Article 3.2 of the 2009 FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations, the stewards ruled that the ING Renault F1 Team is suspended from the next event, the European Grand Prix in Valencia.

Rather harsh penalty but hardly surprising following the unfortunate accidents during F2 race at Brands Hatch last week and Hungarian GP qualifying. Nobody wants to see objects flying around the track …

Renault has appealed the decision.

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  1. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    Right appeal and I think that Bernie should place his hands in fire for once… If he does want that Valencia’s GP isn’t a complete failure he has to make everything possible that Alonso is there, in a racing car.

    Otherwise, the European GP has big chances of disappearing… A big decline in the ticket selling and public assistance in general would be a mayor reason to break the contracts and end with this event :( After the known cases of corruption within the governing party in that region, it won’t be easy to negotiate something with the federation and FOM, due to money diverters, non declared wealth and several favors to several companies the local government is being investigated by the Superior Court. Valmor Sports heads, the rights owner of the Street Circuit, are deeply implicated in those affairs.
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  2. TimmieNo Gravatar says:

    In my opinion a race ban is pretty harsh, it’s not the first time we have seen wheels come off cars or something go wrong in a pit stop to cause an issue. This is all knee-jerk reaction from the stewards and extremely harsh for the driver more than anyone else.
    Webber deserved not to be punished though i don’t understand how he manages to get reprimanded and Raikkonen doesn’t get any reprimand or anything for his movements into the first corner…
    I agree he shouldn’t be penalised as it was under different circumstances to Webber and Barrichello previously, but a reprimand would have been understandable for what did occur you would think?

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      well, the same old story, race stewards and the consistency of their decisions. I also wonder why Webber was investigated and penalized right away during the race in Germany, while Raikkonen’s investigation was posponed till after the race. Both incidents happened on lap 1 …

      The Webber / Raikkonen pitlane incident is quite similar to 2008 European GP when Massa almost hit Sutil in the pitlane. Ferrari was fined $10,000 that time

  3. SeverinNo Gravatar says:

    Renault get a penalty, Brawn is not even investigated after loose object nearly killing a driver …….
    I think Max has a finger on this …..

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      I think the main difference between the Brawn and Renault cases is that according to stewards Renault knowingly released Alonso with the wheel not attached properly. The case of Brawn was a mechanical failure.

    • nrsNo Gravatar says:

      renault knew that the wheel was not on the car. brawn didnt know that there car was going to fail

  4. mxrossNo Gravatar says:

    Why punish Alonso? He did nothing wrong. They should just fine Renault.

  5. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    This his Joe Saward sees it on his blog:

    The FIA has ruled that the ING Renault F1 team is suspended for the next Grand Prix, because a wheel fell off Fernando Alonso’s car during the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile, the French national sporting authority, has appealed the decision on behalf of the team. It remains to be seen when the Court of Appeal will be convened, but with the European holidays now kicking in, it is unlikely that this will happen before the end of August. Thus one can expect to see Renault racing in Valencia, but it could then be left out of one of the following Grands Prix, probably the Italian race.

  6. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    How can anyone be surprised by this decision? Ferrari has benefited from a “double standard” in rulings for at least the last 15 years.

    I did hear the ruling at the time of the incident is that there was insufficient video footage to see if Kimi was forced into Hamilton due to traffic and that more detailed investigation was needed.

    Holding Alonzo out of his home grand prix is not good for anyone. I do understand the need to make sure wheels do not come completely loose, so perhaps if the pit crew knowlingly let the car round the course without it being secure, they deserve a harsh penalty.

  7. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    Well… I doubt that the people in Brawn GP didn’t have any knowledge about some part of the car not properly fixed to the suspension assembly. And I really doubt that team of engineers dedicated to Barichello’s car didn’t do a serious mistake.

    The fact is that such part of the suspension as the springs from the shocks can’t just fly away from its place, and it is an installation error what happened. The team didn’t mention what happened and how the device could detach oneself, and that’s because it can’t. They’re simply concealing somebody’s responsibility, they may have known what happened to Barrichello’s car rear suspension via telemetry in advance.

    “Who knows, know, and has knowledge about the known, and who doesn’t know, is simply stupid” – That’s not Confucius, just a kind of phrases which I use for these situations…

  8. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    I have not heard much about the failure of the Brawn car. Did Baricello hit something, or run off the road prior to the failure? Unfortunately I missed qualifying and my DVR did not record it.

    It does sound a bit amazing that a spring can break free but the car continues on (meaning that there were no other catastrophic failures). From what I saw in the replays, Barricello barely slowed.

  9. TimmieNo Gravatar says:

    The incident is under investigation as is Henry Surtees accident, so there is nothing saying that Brawn still won’t get a fine or something.

    Of course as most know it is all a knee-jerk reaction to the death of Surtees and then the accident with Massa. Same time last year when Raikkonen drove around with an exhaust pipe hanging out not a single steward batted an eyelid and even when it came flying off they didn’t seem to care. That back then as was stated by Brundle in commentary during the race he said they should black flag that ferrari and have it come in to remove that flailing piece.

    So i understand that now is totally different to the past, but on previous decision Renault should be reprimanded and fined at worst, a race ban when considering previous decisions made about parts falling off cars is extremely harsh. Of course our opinions never matter though they make good conversation!

    All we can hope is that some thought is given and that racing continues and prevails!

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      what is surprising is that other than quiet appeal from Renault and call from Valencia to think about Spanish fans (and allow Alonso to race in his home race) there hasn’t been much reaction to Renault ban, not even from Renault. Very unusual …

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