Alonso and Stroll pe­nalised for same in­ci­dent

Autosport (UK) - - RACE CENTRE -

Fer­nando Alonso and Lance Stroll were both hit with fivesec­ond time penal­ties for the same in­ci­dent early in the Ja­panese Grand Prix. Alonso was bat­tling with the Wil­liams driver on the run to 130R, with Stroll run­ning slightly wide at the exit of the cor­ner af­ter en­ter­ing it ahead. This al­lowed Alonso to get a run on him into the chi­cane on the out­side line, with Stroll mov­ing left and hit­ting the Mclaren’s right-front wheel with his left-rear. This forced Alonso off track, which is what Stroll was pe­nalised for. Alonso went onto the grass at the chi­cane, but de­cided to keep the throt­tle lit and cut more of the cor­ner than nec­es­sary. This was deemed to earn him a“sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tage”, mean­ing he was also pe­nalised, and led to him crit­i­cis­ing the pun­ish­ment af­ter the race. “You are brak­ing on the out­side at the last cor­ner, and one guy didn’t see you and came here to apol­o­gise af­ter you go on the gravel and you get the penalty,” said Alonso.“it’s a shame.”

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