The fallout from the United States Grand Prix is that Lewis Hamilton will have to wait a week before he has the opportunity of clinching his 5th world championship. However, there was other fallout that had little to do with Hamilton’s title bid and more to do with fuel or the flow thereof.
It seems that Haas F1’s Kevin Magnussen was deemed to have used more than the allowed fuel and this has garnered a disqualification from the event. It also seems that Force Indi’s Esteban Ocon may have used more than the allowed amount as well and he was also disqualified from the race.
Haas F1 had a tough weekend on home soil with Romain Grosjean being given a 3-place grid penalty for the next race and more points taken away from his license which means that he’s now just two points away from a race ban. A penalty, possible future ban and a DSQ for Haas F1 is not a good weekend in Austin and with the focus on using as little fuel as possible, conserving fuel and dialing engines back, penalties were given.
Alonso and F1’s amateurs
Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso was not happy with being clouted out of the young Williams driver Lance Stroll.
“I’m not upset – I’m disappointed because I’m here [for] nine days in the US to do a race and I do 600 meters of the race and they push you off,” said Alonso, who races in the WEC with Toyota.
“That’s the way it is, but it’s more a problem for the FIA if they keep allowing this type of driving. I drive in another series with amateur drivers, theoretically, and there has never been a problem.
“There are more amateurs here than in other series.”
“Maybe when there’s a big crash they will do something.
“Until then we’ll try to have fun in other categories where we race against 34 cars, against amateur people, against 60-year-old men and nothing ever happens.
“Here we need bumpers, like rental go-karts, so we can all crash into each other.”
Alonso has been critical of the direction Formula 1 is taking of late and perhaps the full-throated approach to signing teenagers is not something he’s keen about as well.
Hat Tip: Autosport