December 5, 2023

Alonso gets punished in 10 seconds in Saudi Arabia and misses the 100th podium in his Formula 1 career – Formula 1 News – Grand Prix – Formula 1 News

And Fernando Alonso It took another 10s of punishment after Saudi Arabia GPwhich was held this Sunday (19), at grandmother. Spanish Aston Martinwho crossed the finish line in third place, was given a penalty for infractions when he went to pay his 5s for having lined up the car outside the arc on the grid.

Alonso also opened only 5s1 to George RussellHowever, he lost his podium and fell to fourth place, leading Lewis Hamilton. That, in fact, would be the 100th of the 41-year career of the veteran pilot in the Formula 1But the celebration will be for another occasion.

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Fernando Alonso missed his 100th podium finish due to an Aston Martin mistake (Photo: AFP)

Shortly after the start, the stewards announced the #14 was under investigation for possibly placing his car irregularly on the grid. After that, the recovered images showed that AMR23 Twice Champion was really out of place.

Five came up, Alonso made contact during his pit stop, and the moment the safety car entered the circuit. Aston Martin’s nimble work saw the Pilot back in second, with chances of conquering another podium in the season.

Just the team’s fault Silverstone It ruined everything: When the car stops, check 5s, the mechanic behind it puts the rear jack on the car, which is forbidden. On the penultimate lap, Alonso was still warned that he would have to open up more than 5 seconds for Russell to guarantee the lead, but the new penalty would result in another 10 seconds on the last time.

Interestingly, a similar case happened to Esteban Ocon in Bahrain. The Alpine driver received a fine for lining up his right-front tire outside the arc that determines the starting position, a situation that costs 5 seconds. When he went to the pits to carry out the penalty, Alpine took the opportunity to touch the nose of the car A523. It turns out that, on the clock, only 4s6 was paid, and not the time prescribed by the regulations. This offense created a new penalty for Ocon, of 10 seconds.

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