The Aston Martin team made a strong showing at the Red Bull Ring, securing two top-ten finishes in the Austrian Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso crossed the line in sixth place, while Lance Stroll completed the race in tenth.
Initially, Aston Martin remained tight-lipped about the reasons behind their protest. However, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) quickly confirmed that the team was contesting the stewards’ application of track limits penalties.
An official statement from the FIA read, “Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team has submitted a protest against the provisional classification. The protest alleges that several cars were not penalized for violating Article 33.3 of the Sporting Regulations. A hearing will take place at 1830 hrs.”
Meanwhile, the stewards, upon learning about a number of deleted laps (due to track limit violations) after receiving the protest, instructed Race Control to review all the deleted laps and penalties imposed.
“We would like to highlight that Race Control dealt with over 100 deleted laps during the course of the race,” the statement added.
Throughout the Spielberg race, track limit infractions were a recurring issue. Eight drivers received five-second penalties for crossing the white lines, primarily at Turns 9 and 10.
Alonso finished within five seconds of McLaren’s Norris, while Stroll closely followed Pierre Gasly in the Alpine, just a few seconds behind. If any further five-second penalties were to be applied, both drivers would move up one position in the final classification.
Ultimately, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen dominated the race, securing victory and maintaining the team’s flawless record of winning all the races in the 2023 season.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Austrian GP F1 protest
What was the reason for Aston Martin’s protest in the Austrian GP F1 results?
Aston Martin lodged a protest against the provisional classification due to concerns about the application of track limits penalties. They claimed that some cars were not penalized for violating Article 33.3 of the Sporting Regulations.
How did the stewards respond to Aston Martin’s protest?
Upon receiving the protest, the stewards requested Race Control to review all the deleted laps (resulting from track limit violations) and penalties imposed during the race. They highlighted that Race Control had dealt with over 100 deleted laps throughout the event.
How many drivers received penalties for track limit violations?
In the Austrian GP, eight drivers received five-second penalties for crossing the white lines, primarily at Turns 9 and 10.
What were the finishing positions of Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll?
Fernando Alonso finished sixth, while Lance Stroll completed the race in tenth place.
Who won the Austrian GP?
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Austrian GP, securing his seventh victory of the 2023 season.