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    Alonso handed penalty for Ocon conflict as Szafnauer slams Alpine drivers

    Alonso and Ocon appeared to make contact twice on the opening lap of Saturday’s 24-lap dash race in Brazil, the primary second coming at Flip 4 after they went side-by-side into the nook.

    Alonso was pressured huge on the exit of the nook, however the extra dramatic incident got here as they accomplished the lap after they made contact going throughout the start-finish line.

    The entrance wing of Alonso’s automotive was broken when it made contact with Ocon’s right-rear wheel. It pressured Alonso to pit for repairs and prompted an offended response from the Spaniard, who stated on the radio: “I misplaced the entrance wing due to our good friend.”

    The stewards confirmed after the dash race they’d be investigating the primary straight incident, and deemed after listening to from each drivers that it was Alonso who was accountable, leading to a five-second time penalty.

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    This was as a result of Alonso was “considerably sooner” due to the tow and a few aerodynamic injury that Ocon picked up at Flip 4. The stewards stated that Alonso admitted within the listening to that he “barely misjudged the time to drag out and struck Ocon from behind, his entrance wing placing Ocon’s rear tyre”.

    The FIA bulletin added: “The Stewards discovered that Alonso was wholly at fault for the collision, which at these speeds and at that location on the monitor was harmful.”

    The penalty drops Alonso again to 18th on the grid for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, whereas he additionally collects two penalty factors on his FIA superlicence, taking him to 6 for the final 12 months.

    Ocon struggled badly for pace after the lap one clash with Alonso, who overtook him despite pitting to change his front wing before the penalty dropped him back behind

    Ocon struggled badly for tempo after the lap one conflict with Alonso, who overtook him regardless of pitting to alter his entrance wing earlier than the penalty dropped him again behind

    Picture by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Photos

    Group principal Szafnauer didn’t converse publicly in regards to the incident after the dash race, however slammed each Alpine drivers within the workforce’s press launch issued on Saturday night, having thrown away excessive beginning positions amid the shut battle for P4 within the standings with McLaren.

    Ocon will begin one place forward of Alonso, having been elevated to seventeenth by the Aston Martin-bound Spaniard’s penalty.

    “Frankly, each Esteban and Fernando should do a greater job to go with the incredible efforts of everybody within the workforce by avoiding on-track incidents and compromising all the workforce’s efficiency,” stated Szafnauer.

    “Right now, each drivers have let the workforce down. I anticipate extra from them tomorrow the place we should do all the things we will to recuperate some factors from the weekend for the championship.

    “We purpose to make sure we go to Abu Dhabi subsequent weekend able the place we will attain our season targets. Tomorrow is a brand new day.”

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