Fernando Alonso Boasts About “Over 20 Years of Experience” to Slam the FIA for Controversial Penalty

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Fernando Alonso was having a quietly respectable race at the Australian GP, taking benefit of DNFs in the high 10. He completed P6 at the chequered flag however a late post-race penalty ruined his consequence and he bought a demotion to P8. It is protected to say, the Spaniard gained’t be pleased with such a penalty that got here for a crash of George Russell, the driver who was behind him chasing. Alonso took to his socials to categorical his discontent and cite his “20 years of expertise” for slamming this penalty from the FIA.

Alonso cited, “A bit shocked by a penalty at the finish of the race concerning how we should always method the corners or how we should always drive the race automobiles. At no level do we wish to do something improper at these speeds.”

The two-time champion gave an in depth rationalization of what occurred and the way it felt justified to him. He said, “In F1, with over 20 years of expertise, with epic duels like Imola 2005/2006/ Brazil 2023, altering racing traces, sacrificing entry velocity to have good exits from corners is a component of the artwork of motorsport.”

Alonso went all in to defend his actions on the penultimate lap of the Australian GP. The 42-year-old had truly braked at an uncommon 100 meters earlier than Turn 7 catching Russell out, maybe main him off-track.

The Aston Martin driver defended this braking maneuver by explaining how all drivers don’t drive at 100% each lap so as to “save gas, tires, brakes”. So the Spaniard feels the determination to penalize him for the similar is a bit “shocking”.

Naturally, the penalty modified the race consequence, and different drivers gained from Alonso’s loss. It was a drive-through penalty that transformed to a 20-second time penalty post-race. His teammate, Lance Stroll, and RB’s Yuki Tsunoda bought a promotion to P6 and P7 respectively, as the #14 driver is assessed as P8.

How did George Russell’s crash occur that prompted the penalty for Fernando Alonso?

Thankfully, George Russell escaped an enormous calamity on Lap 57 of the Australian GP. While chasing Alonso for P6, the 25-year-old bought caught out by the former’s braking maneuver and he went off observe. Russell’s W15 had contact with the wall going by the gravel and suffered main injury.

Eventually, the automotive landed in the center of the observe in a horizontal place at a 40 to 45-degree angle going through the different means. Russell couldn’t see any automobiles coming in the direction of him and was screaming on his radio, asking for a Red flag. The anxiousness in his voice displays the sheer gravity of what might have occurred!

(*20*), earlier than something might occur, marshals reached out to the #63 driver and pulled him out of the automotive. Although, the FIA and Race Control didn’t red-flag the race. Despite just one lap remaining in the Grand Prix, they known as for a Virtual Safety Car (VSC) and ended the race beneath these circumstances.

All drivers slowed down as per VSC circumstances and the closing lap of the race occurred with none motion as marshalls recovered Russell and his automotive from the observe.

Thankfully, the Briton highlighted that he was alright instantly, however he didn’t need his race to finish that means for certain. The means the Mercedes ended up explains the severity of Alonso’s penalty. Still, the two-time champion gained’t be happy with it.

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