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Alonso drops from P7 to P9 after receiving a five-second penalty in Montreal

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In a weekend that held much promise, P2 starter Fernando Alonso’s challenging race in Montreal took a turn for the worse, after the stewards handed the Alpine driver a five-second penalty after the Grand Prix, dropping him from seventh to ninth. .

Alonso was called to the stewards room at the end of the race, after he was seen weaving down the straight on the penultimate lap of the Grand Prix, while fending off Valtteri Bottas’s charging Alfa Romeo.

And after a hearing with both drivers and their team representatives, along with examination of video evidence and telemetry from both drivers, it was discovered that the Spaniard had changed direction more than once while defending a position, the stewards penalized Alonso, dropping him from seventh to ninth.

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Alonso had started the race in second position after a sensational performance in the wet qualifying session, but dropped to fourth after being overtaken by compatriot Carlos Sainz and the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. And after a pit stop that left him in seventh position and having no luck with various virtual and real Safety Cars, Alonso dealt with an engine problem for most of the race that almost ended his hopes of a podium finish.

“Yes, we were unlucky once again with the VSC,” said Alonso. “He was right on the start-finish line when he came in and was pitting when he finished so we decided to stay out so I was a bit unlucky there. But the biggest problem was the engine, we had an engine problem on lap 20 or something like that.


Alonso dropped from seventh to ninth after changing direction more than once while defending from Valtteri Bottas

“I was losing like a second a lap with the engine deployment, and from that point on we forgot about the podium or retiring the car, we just stayed on the DRS train with the cars in front just to defend. But it was very difficult to stay with Esteban [Ocon] or Carlos [Leclerc] because on the straights we lost a second.

“I think this weekend we deserved better than ninth position,” he added, “but it’s still good for both cars to score points at the end. In the end, we missed a great opportunity to fight for a possible podium because I felt like I had the pace to do it.”

His teammate Esteban Ocon was much more spirited after the race, after finishing P6, his seventh top-10 finish of the season. And the delighted French driver said his team should be “proud” of his performance in Montreal, believing they maximized his performance.

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“It’s been an amazing race for us,” Ocon said. “Compared to yesterday we managed to get the car running a little better and that meant a lot because today we maximized the potential and finished sixth and seventh. [before the penalty]With McLaren scoreless, it’s a huge boost for us in the constructors’ championship.

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“We can be satisfied with that. A good start, I managed to overtake at the start and defend Charles in the middle of the race, but in the end he was too fast… It feels good to have a weekend like that with some big points that we deserve. It’s been quite a few weekends with external factors, but yeah, it feels good for that one.”

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