Fernando Alonso was given a five-second penalty by the stewards after he was found guilty of sneaking in to hold Valtteri Bottas on the penultimate lap of Sunday’s race in Montreal.
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Fernando Alonso was demoted two places after the Canadian Grand Prix after being handed a five-second penalty for sneaking onto the track.
The incident involving the two-time world champion in the penultimate round of the 70 laps was noted 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 later determined that the Alpine driver, who crossed the line in seventh position, was guilty and Alonso was given a time penalty. That, in turn, dropped him 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 reviewed video evidence and telemetry from car 77,” a statement read. FIA press release.
“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. ‘momentum.
“While noting the driver’s point that at no time was car 77 alongside car 14, the Stewards consider this to be a clear breach of the above regulations.
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“The stewards therefore impose a five-second time penalty consistent with that imposed for a similar incident at Australia 2022.”
However, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel escaped punishment after being investigated after the race for not keeping within 10 car lengths of the safety car.