Hungarian GP: Alonso stripped of Pole Position 

Written by David on August 05th, 2007 at 1:00 amLast Update: August 05th, 2007 at 1:13 am

Fernando Alonso demotedWorld Champion Fernando Alonso has lost his pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix and will start tomorrow’s race in sixth place. The race stewards at the Hungaroring have decided to demote the McLaren driver after reviewing evidence from today’s qualifying session, where the Spaniard held up teammate Lewis Hamilton in the pits, causing the Briton to miss out on a final flying lap and possible pole.

Alonso was adamant that he remained stationary for ten seconds because his engineers had told him to, while team boss Ron Dennis told reporters after the session that the incident was a result of Hamilton himself ignoring team orders earlier on in the session, therefore leaving the two drivers out of sequence. The stewards talked to representatives of the team and reviewed recordings of the car radio transmissions before making their decision, over eight hours after qualifying ended.

The stewards also decided that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will not earn any points from tomorrow’s race for the constructors’ world championship.

Source: autosport

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