Alonso gets five second penalty, drops to ninth

Alonso gets five second penalty, drops to ninthFernando Alonso started the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix from second, finished in seventh, as a post race time five-second penalty saw him drop to ninth.

It was a dreadful race for the two-time Formula 1 World Champion, who was superb to qualify second on Saturday, but an array of strategy errors under Virtual safety cars and engine troubles mean he finished seventh.

However, Alonso was called to the Stewards after the race for weaving on the straight, where he was slapped with a five-second time penalty meaning his eventual position was ninth.

Alonso said in the team report: “I think this weekend we deserved better than ninth position, but it’s still good for both cars to score points in the end.

“We ultimately lost a big opportunity to fight for a potential podium as I felt like I had the pace to do so. We were hit with a badly timed VSC just before our first stop. I was on the main straight when it was deployed, and then missed a pit-stop opportunity before it ended,” he explained.

“We then had an engine problem from lap 20, which we were trying to manage,” the Spaniard revealed. “We didn’t retire the car and used the DRS to defend, as we were losing a lot of time on the straights.

“It’s disappointing especially after yesterday’s performance, but we’ll head to Silverstone, try to get on top of our reliability issues and score more points,” he concluded, not even mentioning his penalty.

A better race for Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon who finished sixth was satisfied with his race, he said: “I’m very happy with the result today to score eight points. The team did a great job with the car and the strategy and it was all well managed overall.

“We leave Canada with some good points for the team and a big step up in the Constructors’ Championship. I’m glad I was able to help Fernando at the end there with DRS to keep Valtteri [Bottas] behind.

“There is still a lot to discuss and learn with regards to how the weekend unfolded, but the important thing is to keep this momentum going and keep delivering good performances in the next races,” the Frenchman concluded.

Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer added: “The team leaves Canada feeling proud after scoring good points in today’s race with Esteban sixth and Fernando ninth after a post-race penalty.

“Even after such a strong Saturday, we entered the race today with a realistic mindset and we knew scoring multiple points with both cars and swinging the momentum in the championship was the absolute goal.

“Fernando was certainly very unfortunate with the deployment timing of both VSCs early in the race and he also had a small issue on his car, which held him back from making further progress,” he lamented.

“Esteban benefitted from a bright start to the race and executed his plan well to progress to sixth at the end, with his clever, team-minded driving to allow Fernando DRS in the closing stages, the key to cementing our final positions.

“We’ve demonstrated our ability this weekend and we look forward to the next string of car updates for the next round with the objective of fighting further up the grid,” the Alpine boss concluded.