BMW has lost a protest surrounding Alexander Sims time penalty after colliding with Edoardo Mortara at the Turn 8,9,10 chicane.
Sims and Mortara came together in the final 15 minutes of the race, where it looked like the smallest of touches sent Mortara spinning at the exit of the chicane.
The track was breaking up on the racing line through the chicane, which caused small rocks to appear on the racing line that drivers were driving over that unsettled the car.
Sims was adamant that he didn’t touch Mortara and went to see the stewards to understand why he was penalised. “I didn’t feel like I touched him. It was close, but I went to the stewards to find out more information, but now I am going to talk to Edoardo to see what happened,” said Sims.
BMW launched a protest after the race to try and repeal the penalty which would promote SIms to third place. However, that protest was declined by the FIA, as there was no clear evidence to overturn the decision.
“The Stewards rejected the Protest because the Provisional Classification is correct. Viewing additional video footage and the photos given by the competitor gave no new proof to change the Stewards Decision No 13 which would have brought the competitor to another position in the result,” read the FIA decision.
Therefore, Sims finished the race in seventh place and picked up six championship points.