New penalty for Alonso hands promotions to Albon and Stroll

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Alpine F1 Team A522. 08.05.2022. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 5, Miami Grand Prix, Miami, Florida, USA, Race
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Fernando Alonso has received a second five second penalty after the end of the Miami Grand Prix, meaning that he drops out of the top ten in the final race classification - and the points.

The Alpine driver was involved in a number of incidents during today's race, and was handed an initial five second penalty for causing a collision with ALphaTauri's Pierre Gasly going into turn 1 on lap 40.

The official statement from the FIA race stewards ruled that “car 14 [Alonso] was not entitled to receive racing room” from Gasly.

New guidance for 2022 says that "in order for a car being overtaken to be required to give sufficient room to an overtaking car, the overtaking car needs to have a significant portion of the car alongside the car being overtaken."

The guidance adds: "the overtaking manoeuvre must be done in a safe and controlled manner, while enabling the car to clearly remain within the limits of the track."

Speaking after the race, Alonso said he had apologised to Gasly for the collision.

"I had a slow pitstop, I lost like four seconds there, so I had to recover that time with Gasly," he explained ot the media in the paddock. “Eventually I closed the gap and I was very optimistic on the move with him.

"I touched with Gasly again and I had the penalty - five seconds - which I deserve. It was my mistake, I braked too late," he admitted. “We were ready to give back the position, but he pitted at that time so I have to pay those five seconds."

This penalty was applied to the results at the finish line, leaving Alonso shown in ninth place. Alpine ordered Esteban Ocon to slow up the cars behind him in an effort to limit the damage of an additional five seconds.

Fernando Alonso (ESP), Alpine F1 Team  08.05.2022. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 5, Miami Grand Prix, Miami, Florida, USA, Race

But the stewards also noted a separate incident in which Alonso gained an advantage by leaving the track at turn 14, which he did not subsequently hand back before the end of the race.

That drops Alonso down to 11th place in the standings, and promotes Williams' Alex Albon to ninth meaning he gains double the number of points he was expecting after the race.

Alonso's penalty should have seen Daniel Ricciardo move up into the top ten, but the McLaren driver was also the recipient of a five-second penalty for a similar offence to that of Alonso pushing him down to 13th instead.

That means that Aston Martin's Lance Stroll is now classified in tenth place and takes away a single point for the team for the weekend.

Alonso is classified behind the Canadian in 11th, with Yuki Tsunoda now in 12th place behind Ricciardo after originally crossing the line in 13th

In a busy night for the stewards and for Alonso, the former champion was investigated for a third offence - another case of leaving the track again at turn 14 four minutes later - but this time decided no further action was required.

Alonso was given two penalty points on his superlicence for hitting Gasly, and another for the initial leaving the track incident. It takes his total for the last 12 months to five.

Elsewhere, the stewards deemed no further action was required for a late collision between Mick Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel at turn 1

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