Ferrari fined $20,000 for Alonso pit incident
Barcelona: Ferrari were fined USD 20,000 on Saturday for releasing Fernando Alonso’s car into the path of Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes during the final phase of Spanish Grand Prix qualifying.
Alonso, who qualified fourth next to former McLaren team mate Lewis Hamilton for his first home race as a Ferrari driver, was not personally punished for the incident.
The double world champion, who almost collided with Rosberg’s car when he swept out of the garage, said he had been unsighted after Rosberg radioed his team to say the Spaniard should be penalised.
“I didn’t see Nico unfortunately, the angle of vision is not perfect to see anyone coming from the pits so you rely on your mechanic,” he said.
“If there is a penalty for this, we need to reconsider some of the grands prix we have had so far,” added the Ferrari driver, who had suggested a fine would be most appropriate if an offence had been committed.
The Circuit de Catalunya stewards said in a statement that after hearing evidence from a Ferrari representative, they had found the team had breached the sporting regulations.