Fernando Alonso had a race to forget in Montreal – and a 5-second post-race penalty for weaving excessively while fighting Valtteri Bottas on lap 69 will hardly lighten his mood.
The Spaniard had started P2 thanks to a tremendous qualifying effort on Saturday in wet conditions.
However, he couldn’t match the pace of the front three teams. He lost out to teammate bOcon because of a badly timed Safety Car following the accident of Yuki Tsunoda.
Alonso crossed the line in P7, right behind teammate Ocon and just ahead of the Alfa Romeos.
He would receive a 5-second penalty after seeing the stewards, though. The Spaniard got into a massive fight with Valtteri Bottas on the final couple of laps; he ended up overstepping the mark.
The 40-year-old was punished for too many changes of direction against the Finn. Alonso wasn’t helped by the fact that he was suffering from clipping on the straights during the race.
It takes him to six penalty points on his licence over a 12-month period.
The statement from the stewards said: “Between turns 10 and 12 on the penultimate lap of the race, Alonso made repeated changes of direction to defend against Bottas, who had to lift at one point and briefly lost momentum.
“Whilst noting the driver’s point that at no stage was any point of Bottas’ car alongside Alonso’s, the stewards believe this to be a clear breach of the regulation. The Stewards therefore impose a five-second time penalty in line with that imposed for a similar incident in Australia 2022."