Alfa Romeo penalty gives Kubica first point for Williams at Hockenheim

Alfa Romeo penalty gives Kubica first point for Williams at Hockenheim”

"The Stewards held a hearing and reviewed the data, with three members of the team present, including the engineers concerned, along with the FIA Technical Delegate and his assistants responsible for these checks".

Alfa's pain is Kubica and Williams' big gain - at least for now, with an appeal pending - as it allows the Pole to score his first world championship point since Abu Dhabi in 2010 while the British outfit enjoys its first top-ten finish since past year at Monza.

"In order to prevent the teams from using this tuning to affect the way in which the clutch engages at the start of the race in a way that could potentially mimic traction control or other advantageous schemes, the FIA requires that the torque in the clutch matches (within specified limits) the torque demand as the driver releases the clutch".

In the case of the Alfa drivers, Raikkonen's auto took 200milliseconds and Giovinazzi's took 300milliseconds.

"This provided a more gradual application of the torque, which given the wet conditions was a potential advantage", it continued. But after the race, the race stewards called the team over an alleged breach of Article 27.1, relating to clutch application for the start of the race.

Alfa Romeo argued that this occurred due to the team setting the wrong parameters for the conditions given the fact that no practice starts in the wet had been possible. The obligation to meet the requirements is irrespective of the climatic conditions.

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Alfa Romeo have been penalised 30 seconds after torque mapping irregularities at the start of the German GP.

The punishment in-race would have been a 10-second stop-and-go penalty, which is converted to a 30-second sanction per FIA rules. "Therefore, the Stewards considered that a Breach of Article 27.1 occurred".

"The situation arose during the laps we spent behind the Safety Car ahead of the standing start: we suffered a dysfunction of the clutch that was beyond our control and we will further investigate the issue".

Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi initially finished the race in seventh and eighth place in a thrilling and action-packed race at Hockenheim.

"The team worked really hard to put both cars in the points and we showed once again that we have the pace to fight at the sharp end of the midfield".

The clutch on a Formula One vehicle is usually operated by a small lever on the back of the steering wheel and the car's electronics, via a standard ECU, deliver that input to the clutch itself.

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