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

Fernando Alonso was given a five-second penalty by stewards after being found guilty of weaving to hold Valtteri Bottas on the penultimate lap of Sunday’s race in Montreal

Last updated: 19/06/22 11:03 PM

Fernando Alonso was given a time penalty after the stewards' race

Fernando Alonso was given a time penalty after the stewards’ race

Fernando Alonso was relegated two places after the Canadian Grand Prix after receiving a five-second penalty for weaving on the track.

The incident involving the two-time world champion on the penultimate lap of the 70-lap race was noticed by the stewards after Alonso was suspected of making more than one change of direction to defend his position against Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas.

A post-race investigation subsequently found that the Alpine driver, who crossed the line in seventh position, was at fault and Alonso was given a time penalty. As a result, he dropped to ninth place behind Bottas and his Alfa Romeo teammate Zhou Guanyu.

“The stewards heard from the driver of car 14 (Fernando Alonso), the driver of car 77 (Valtteri Bottas) and team representatives and examined video evidence and telemetry from car 77,” the FIA ​​statement said.

“Between Turn 10 and 12, on the penultimate lap of the race, car 14 repeatedly changed direction to defend against car 77 which at one point had to lift and lost momentum for a moment.

“While the driver notes that there was no car 77 next to car 14 at any stage, the stewards consider this a clear violation of the above regulations.

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“The stewards are therefore imposing a five-second time penalty in line with that imposed for a similar incident in Australia 2022.”

However, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel escaped the penalty after being examined after the race for not staying within the 10-car length of the safety car.