No penalty for Alonso after pit exit incident during Abu Dhabi GP
3 November, 2013
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso was placed under investigation during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for an unsafe pit exit, but after the race the FIA stewards deemed the move acceptable based on statements from the drivers concerned.
The FIA appointed stewards declared: “While Car 3 [Alonso] did leave the track at Turn 3-4 the stewards believe that he had no choice, as Car 18 [Vergne] closed on him,” the FIA statement confirming that no further action would be taken stated.
“Car 18 was at the end of his stint with worn tyres and was fully committed to the Turn as Car 3 exited the pits. Telemetry confirms that Car 3 was significantly faster, on Option tyres, and had the advantage throughout the sequence.
“The drivers’ explanations were completely clear. Therefore the Stewards determine that neither car could avoid the incident, and no advantage was gained as a result of the incident.”
Alonso finished fifth in the race after starting from 10th on the grid, setting the fastest lap in the race in the process.
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