Alfa Romeo has confirmed to RaceFans it has failed in its attempt to appeal against the penalties given to Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi in the German Grand Prix.
The four-person panel assembled for the hearing was Philippe Roberti de Winghe, Harry Duijm, Ulrich Haas, David Miles and Erich Sewdelmayer.
Both Alfa Romeo drivers were given 10-second stop-and-go penalties after the race when the stewards found the team had breached rule on clutch behaviour designed to ensure the drivers “drive the car alone and unaided”.
The team fell foul of a rule which required that the torque in the clutch must match the the torque demand from the driver within 70 milliseconds. The delay on Raikkonen and Giovinazzi’s cars was measured at 200 and 300 milliseconds respectively.
The stewards stated at the time “this provided a more gradual application of the torque, which given the wet conditions was a potential advantage.
Raikkonen and Giovinazzi originally finished seventh and eighth. Their penalty promoted the two Haas drivers in their place and handed points to Lewis Hamilton for ninth place and Robert Kubica for 10th. The latter is Williams’s only point of the season so far.
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