Fernando Alonso: Criticism in Melbourne penalty / Formula 1

Fernando Alonso: Criticism in Melbourne penalty / Formula 1

In Australia, Fernando Alonso received a 20-second penalty after a defensive maneuver against George Russell. The Formula 1 veteran is not the only one to criticize this in retrospect.

An incident occurred at the sixth corner of the Albert Park Circuit in the most recent race of Formula 1 stars: George Russell was chasing Fernando Alonso in the Aston Martin when he slowed down abnormally early in the sixth corner. Both drivers were called to the scrutineers, who accused Alonso of dangerous maneuvers and handed him a 20-second time penalty.

Looking back, Alonso showed little understanding for this measure and insisted: “If the accident had not happened, then no one would have been upset.” The Mercedes driver could only have continued on a different route or section, Asturian added.

And the two-time champion insisted defiantly: “Nowhere in the rules does it say that I have to drive the last lap like the previous laps. I know what is allowed when you defend yourself as a driver, and the judgment of the race officials does not change that. I will continue to drive as I always drive. .”

Kevin Magnussen and Alonso’s teammate Lance Stroll feel the same way. First he said about the penalty in the Suzuka paddock: “It was a bit harsh, and to me it didn’t look like it was just Alonso’s fault.” And the Dane explained: “If they had given Alonso a warning for that, then I wouldn’t have thought it was inappropriate.” He was surprised that the result for the Spaniard was so great.”

Lando Norris also echoed the views of Alonso and Magnussen. The Brit explained: “George had enough time to see what was going on.” And he added: “Of course it’s always harder when you’re in this situation yourself. But something like that shouldn’t have gone unpunished.”

Nico Hülkenberg’s decision was more diplomatic. The German said of the maneuver: “I think this defensive approach is very common in Formula 1, but in this high-speed corner, I think it is wrong because it puts him in a very dangerous situation created.”

1. Studies, Japan

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:30,056 minutes
02. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, 1:30.237
03. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, 1:30.269
04. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, 1:30,530
05. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, 1:30,543
06. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, 1:30,558
07. Fernando Alonso (E), Aston Martin, 1:30.599
08. Oscar Piastri (AUS), McLaren, 1:31.165
09. Yuki Tsunoda (J), Racing Bulls, 1:31,230
10. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, 1:31.240
11. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, 1:31,935
12. Alex Albon (T), Williams, 1:31,943
13. Nico Hülkenberg (D), Haas, +1:31.958
14. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Sauber, 1:32.054
15. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, 1:32,055
16. Ayumu Iwasa (J), Racing Bull, 1:32,103
17. Pierre Gasly (F), Alpine, 1:32,277
18. Guanyu Zhou (RCH), Sauber, 1:32,638
19. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, 1:32.803
20. Logan Sargeant (USA), Williams, 1:33,204