The FIA ​​confirms that Alonso cannot start from the grid at Imola

TAfter the repair in a hurry between Free Practice 3 and Saturday’s qualifying, in addition to certain problems that appeared in the car in Q1, after a new track exit on gravel for Fernando Alonso, it seemed Of course, Aston Martin would choose to skip the parc ferme and start from the pit lane. to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix race.

The FIA ​​has officially confirmed it around 12.00 tomorrow, three hours before the race: “During the parc ferme between yesterday and today, The Aston Martin Aramco team has made changes to the suspension configuration of car number 14. Therefore, it will have to start the race from the pit lane. in accordance with article 40.9 of F1 2024,” says the statement signed by FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer.

Fernando will try with those new settings climb at least 10 positions to get into the points, although on a track as difficult as Imola for overtaking, “more than Singapore, for example to pass rivals”, as Fernando himself has declared, it will be a very complicated mission.

A break before leaving the track

Tom McCullough, Aston Martin’s performance director, spoke to the press this morning in Imola, before confirming that Fernando’s car had skipped parc ferme to change settings.

The British engineer commented on Fernandio’s departure from the track, with the second set of soft tires in Q1: “At turn three there was a clicking sound and the car swerved and crossed the gravel. And we ended up with a bunch of holes in the side of the floor edge, which we were able to repair.”. In this way, they assure that there was something that failed in the car during the braking of the first variant and that caused the Asturian to leave the track.

Regarding the car with which he will participate today, he points out that “It still has updated specifications. We had partly repaired it firmly (between FP3 and qualifying), but that was one of the reasons why that final round had difficulties and aborted.. Simply put, once we had hit the gravel and damaged the floor, we weren’t going any faster. And at that time, Fernando was still recovering from a very difficult FP3. “Both drivers are not particularly enthusiastic about the upgrade package,” he admits about those free 3s, Fernando’s accident at the Rivazza and everything he suffered later.

 
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