Lance Stroll has been slapped with a 3-place grid penalty for next weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix after causing a dangerous accident during today’s United States Grand Prix.
It had been an unbelievable start for the Aston Martin driver as he was running P3 for the opening five laps because of the collision between George Russell and Carlos Sainz at turn 1 on the opening lap.
However, a Safety Car bunched the field back up together and it saw Stroll and Alonso end up fighting for P7 after the Spaniard had overtaken Pierre Gasly into turn one.
The two-time World Champion was pulling out of the slipstream on the back straight when the Canadian made a late, reactionary move to try and stop the Spaniard overtaking.
Alonso got airborne but incredibly continued, and he end up finishing a stunning P7.
Stroll was out on the spot as his car was heavily damaged. Luckily for the Aston Martin driver, he walked away from the accident unscathed.
“The Stewards heard from the driver of Car 18 (Lance Stroll), the driver of Car 14 (Fernando Alonso), and team representatives and have reviewed video evidence. It was clear to us that the driver of Car 18 made a late move in reacting to the overtaking attempt by the driver of Car 14 by moving to the left. The stewards determine that the driver of Car 18 was predominantly to blame,” said a statement from the FIA.
Stroll got two penalty points added to his licence, and he now sits on five overall.