F1 fans all crack Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen joke after Fernando Alonso U-turn – Express

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A number of Formula One fans have made the same observation about the FIA’s willingness to retrospectively alter a result after Fernando Alonso had his 30-second USA Grand Prix penalty overturned. The two-time world champion was initially punished and dropped to 15th place after finishing seventh in a damaged car. 
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen
Alonso had been involved in a remarkable 180mph crash with Lance Stroll, for which the latter was given a three-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Mexico Grand Prix. The Spaniard required a pit stop for a new front wing and rejoined last, with damage to some aerodynamics parts on the floor and front wheels.
He remarkably climbed into sixth before eventually finishing seventh. But a controversial 30-second penalty was handed down – with Alpine finally having their protest upheld on Thursday. 
After the FIA announced that Alonso had been placed back into seventh and had his six points restored, fans joked about the governing body’s ability to overturn a result. Some supporters remain furious that Max Verstappen was allowed to win the 2021 world drivers’ championship in one of the most controversial incidents in the sport’s history. 
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Verstappen was able to race ahead of title rival Lewis Hamilton – with whom he had entered the final race in Abu Dhabi level on points – after a safety car had been deployed and the final lap contentiously restarted by then-race director Michael Masi. 
“Oh so you CAN reverse a result?” bemoaned @lewllo. @dean92 chipped in with: “Just wondering whether the FIA will rescind another race result from last year.”
@SidFootyF1 added: “Ok so it is possible to reverse the Abu Dhabi 2021 result then.” @kabir_1205 simply demanded: “Do the same for Abu Dhabi!!” and @erindMUFC2 cried: “Now Abu Dhabi 2021.” 
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Oh so you CAN reverse a result?
Oh so you CAN reverse a result?
Fernando Alonso
Meanwhile, Alpine have thanked the FIA for reaching “a positive conclusion” before the Mexico Grand Prix. Alonso had said ahead of Thursday’s hearing: “There are a couple of things that are very clear that were made wrong from [the FIA’s] side, and I am very confident I will be P7 [again]. We protest basically because it was out of time.
“The FIA did not show me the black-and-orange flag [in the race] so they thought [the car] was safe. The car went to parc ferme and passed [its inspection], and then the protest arrived too late, so all in all there is no doubt this is not the right decision.”
Commenting on what he saw as implications had the appeal not been upheld, Alonso said: “If it is the right decision, 50-60 per-cent of people will have to retire if they have an aero device that is not fixed. If 20 mins is not too late, is one hour too late, is one day too late? When is too late? We don’t want to open that door.”
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