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Fernando Alonso Gets Post-Race 30-Second Penalty, Drops Out of Points at U.S. Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso surprised everyone by still being able to drive his car after that dramatic crash with Lance Stroll on Lap 23. He managed to finish P7, but got a post-race 30-second penalty, dropping him out of points.
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The U.S. Grand Prix gave us so many great moments to talk about. Whether it was Sebastian Vettel’s duel with Kevin Magnussen in the last few turns, Lewis Hamilton being the closest to winning his first Grand Prix this season, or Leclerc and Verstappen’s duel, the race had everything. Including a few dramatic crashes.

It all started with Ferrari's Carlos Sainz getting hit by George Russell from Mercedes-AMG Petronas, right after the start of the race, pushing him out of the U.S. Grand Prix. Then it was Valtteri Bottas, who lost the back end of his Alfa Romeo in Turn 17. Not long after the Safety Car retired, it had to return to the track, because Fernando Alonso got into a crash with his future teammate, Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll.

And what a crash it was! The Spaniard was airborne and hit the barrier, before returning to the race track as if nothing happened. He kept his composure and his car seemed still incredibly stable, although it eventually lost one of its mirrors on the way.

The Spaniard worked his way back up from P17, finishing in P7. However, things didn’t stay this way.

After the race, Haas protested against both Alonso’s unstable car continuing the race and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez’s, which suffered a front wing endplate damage at the beginning.

Stewards rejected the protest regarding Car 11, driven by Perez, considering that the damage was not such as to create a dangerous situation. But Alonso’s Alpine was deemed to have been in an “unsafe condition,” Formula1.com reports. Therefore, he received a 30-second post-race penalty. That made him drop out of points, moving from P7 to P15.

Alpine, meanwhile, opted to protest the verdict, saying: “BWT Alpine F1 Team is disappointed to receive a post-race time penalty for Car #14 from today’s United States Grand Prix, which unfortunately means Fernando moves to outside the points-paying positions.” It claimed that the car “remained structurally safe,” and that “FIA has the right to black and orange flag a car during the race, […], on this occasion, they assessed the car and decided not to action the flag.”

Lance Stroll also received a penalty for the incident. It is a three-place penalty grid for the Mexican Grand Prix, set to take place this upcoming weekend.

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Imagine a Wenn diagram for cars and celebrities. At the intersection you'll find Monica, putting her passion for these fields and English-Spanish double major to work. She's been doing for the past seven years, most recently at autoevolution.
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