Alonso punished after controversial Russell crash investigation


Fernando Alonso has been penalised after being found guilty of causing George Russell’s late-race crash at the Australian Grand Prix

The Aston Martin driver had been accused of brake-testing Russell as the Mercedes closed in on the penultimate lap of the Melbourne event.

Briton Russell rapidly converged on the back of Alonso’s car in the braking zone, sliding into the gravel and hitting the barrier, before his W15 spun back onto the racing line and almost inverted as the chassis climbed atop the damaged wheels on the left-hand side of the car.

Data from Alonso’s car post-race seemed to indicate a vastly slower entry speed into the corner compared to the lap prior – the Spaniard complaining about an engine issue on the cooldown lap following the conclusion of the race.

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