Fernando Alonso: Alpine pilot drops two places in Canadian Grand Prix after time penalty

Fernando Alonso received a 5-second penalty from the stewards after pleading guilty to detaining Valteri Botas on the penultimate lap of Sunday’s race in Montreal

Last updated: 19/06/22 23:03

Fernando Alonso received a penalty after the competition from the stewards

Fernando Alonso received a penalty after the competition from the stewards

Fernando Alonso was reduced by two places after the Canadian Grand Prix after receiving a five-second penalty for turning the track.

The incident with the two-time world champion in the penultimate lap of the 70 rounds was noted by stewards after Alonso was suspected of making more than one change of direction, defending his position by Valteri Botas of Alfa Romeo.

A post-race investigation subsequently found the alpine pilot who crossed the seventh line guilty, and Alonso was punished with a time penalty. This, in turn, brought him to ninth behind Botas and his Alfa Romeo teammate Zhou Guanyu.

“The stewards listened to the driver of car 14 (Fernando Alonso), the driver of car 77 (Valteri Botas) and team members, and examined video evidence and telemetry from car 77,” the FIA ​​said in a statement.

“Between turns 10 and 12, in the penultimate lap of the race, car 14 made multiple changes of direction to defend against car 77, which had to be lifted at one point and briefly lost momentum.

“While noting the opinion of the driver that at no stage was there a single point from car 77 to car 14, the stewards believe that this is a clear violation of the above regulations.

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The best of the action from the exciting Canadian Grand Prix, when Max Verstappen increased his lead at the top of the drivers’ rankings

The best of the action from the exciting Canadian Grand Prix, when Max Verstappen increased his lead at the top of the drivers’ rankings

“Stewards therefore impose a penalty of five seconds in accordance with that imposed for a similar incident in Australia in 2022.”

However, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel escaped punishment after being investigated after the race for failing to observe 10 lengths of safety car.

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