Fernando Alonso examined the mercy of the stewards in Canada and paid the value.
The 2-time world champion obtained a five-second penalty for blocking Valtteri Bottas late within the Canadian Grand Prix, knocking him from seventh to ninth.
The 40-year-old was caught behind Alpine teammate Esteban Ocon in seventh when Bottas started hounding him from behind.
That led to an aggressive defence by Alonso, who weaved down the lengthy straight earlier than the ultimate chicane to dam Bottas from overtaking.
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Alonso narrowly held on to complete seventh, however he was summoned by the FIA stewards and located to have “made repeated modifications of route”.
“Between turns 10 and 12, on the penultimate lap of the race, automobile 14 made repeated modifications of route to defend in opposition to automobile 77 who needed to raise at one level and briefly misplaced momentum,” the stewards’ verdict learn.
“While noting the motive force’s level that at no stage was any level of automobile 77 alongside automobile 14, the stewards take into account this to be a transparent breach of the above regulation. The stewards due to this fact impose a five-second time penalty according to that imposed for the same incident in Australia 2022.”
Alonso’s penalty noticed him leapfrogged by Bottas and the Finn’s Alfa Romeo teammate, Zhou Guanyu.
The incident did not solely strip him and Alpine of 4 factors however dealt him a penalty level, taking his complete over the past 12 months to 6.
Alonso seizes shock front-row begin
Alonso had begun the race in second after seizing a spot on the entrance row for the primary time for the reason that 2012 German Grand Prix.
The veteran revealed after the race why he’d tumbled by means of the sector.
“The most important drawback, to be sincere, was the engine,” Alonso informed Components 1 TV.
“We had an engine drawback on lap 20 or one thing like that, and I used to be dropping like one second a lap with the power deployment, so from that second we forgot concerning the podium and we had been simply … staying on the DRS practice with the vehicles in entrance simply to defend. However it was very troublesome to stick with (Max) Verstappen and Charles (Leclerc) as a result of on the straight we had been dropping one second.”
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