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Alonso down to P9 in Canada after time penalty

Stewards have given Fernando Alonso a 5-second time penalty after the Canadian Grand Prix.

Alonso ended Sunday’s race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve 7th. However, he was under investigation for changing direction more than once while defending from Valtteri Bottas.

After the hearing, stewards decided to give the Spaniard a 5-second time penalty and 1 penalty point. As a result, Alonso dropped down to P9 in the classification.

“Between turns 10 and 12, on the penultimate lap of the race, car 14 [Alonso] made repeated changes of direction to defend against car 77 [Bottas] who had to lift at one point and briefly lost momentum,” stewards’ decision read.

“Whilst noting the driver’s point that at no stage was any point of car 77 alongside car 14, the stewards consider this to be a clear breach of the above regulation.

“The stewards therefore impose a 5 seconds time penalty in line with that imposed for a similar incident in Australia 2022.”

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