Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas, Alpine, Alfa Romeo time penalty


Fernando Alonso tested the pity of stewards in Canada and paid the price.

The two-time world champion received a five-second penalty for blocking Valtteri Bottas at the end of the Canadian Grand Prix, dropping him from seventh to ninth.

The 40-year-old was stuck behind Alpine teammate Esteban Ocon in seventh when Bottas started chasing him from behind.

This led to an aggressive defense from Alonso, who raced down the long straight before the final chicane to prevent Bottas from overtaking.

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Alonso held on to finish seventh, but he was summoned by the FIA ​​stewards and found guilty of “making repeated direction changes”.

“Between turns 10 and 12, on the penultimate lap of the race, car 14 made repeated directional changes to defend against car 77 which had to lift at one point and briefly lost momentum. “, indicates the verdict of the commissioners.

“While noting the driver’s argument that at no time was car 77 next to car 14, the Stewards consider this to be a clear breach of the above regulations. The Stewards impose therefore a five-second penalty in line with that given for a similar incident in Australia in 2022.”

Alonso’s penalty saw him passed by Bottas and the Finn’s Alfa Romeo team-mate Zhou Guanyu.

The incident not only stripped him and Alpine of four points, but handed them a penalty point, taking their tally over the past 12 months to six.

Alonso takes the shock of the start in the front row

Alonso had started the race in second position after taking a front row finish for the first time since the 2012 German Grand Prix.

The veteran revealed after the race why he tumbled in the peloton.

“To be honest, the biggest problem was the engine,” Alonso told Formula 1 TV.

“We had an engine problem on lap 20 or something, and I was losing like a second a lap with the energy deployment, so from then on we forgot about the podium and we were just …stayed in the DRS train with the cars in front just to defend. But it was very difficult to stay with (Max) Verstappen and Charles (Leclerc) because on the straight we lost a second.”

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