Fernando Alonso escapes F1 penalty for US GP clash with Felipe Massa

Fernando Alonso will keep his fifth place in the United States Grand Prix after escaping punishment for banging wheels with Formula 1 rival Felipe Massa in the closing stages

Fernando Alonso escapes F1 penalty for US GP clash with Felipe Massa

Alonso, on softer tyres, caught sixth-placed Massa, having also gained time from pitting under the virtual safety car.

With four laps to go, he dived up the inside into Turn 16, with the pair making contact wheel-to-wheel and Alonso getting ahead while Massa ended up with a puncture.

"Felipe closed the door on me, I was already alongside him," said the Spaniard on the radio at the time.

The stewards investigated the incident after the race but after speaking to both drivers deemed that no further action was necessary.

"No driver was wholly or predominantly to blame for the collision," said the stewards in a statement.

Speaking to reporters before the decision, Alonso said: "It is difficult to overtake on the straight so we try to on the inside which was very aggressive.

"Unfortunately we touch. Luckily we continue on both cars.

"When I did the manoeuvre, I was side-by-side, I was not one quarter ahead or something like that.

"It's not like I was coming from behind or it was any crazy thing, so it was not the space for him to turn in."

Massa said: "At the end, Fernando dived into the corner I was taking, hit my car and I got a puncture because of it.

"It destroyed every opportunity I had to finish the race in sixth, and potentially fifth."

Alonso snatched fifth from Sainz on the penultimate lap as his countryman struggled with tyres he admitted were "finished".

"With Carlos it was easy because you just open the DRS and the Toro Rosso was quite slow on the straight," Alonso said.

"It seems like we had the tyres in better conditions than the others and we took advantage of that.

"He fitted the soft, we fitted the medium, so I had better tyre life at the end of the race and we took advantage of that."

shares
comments
Daniel Ricciardo frustrated by F1 virtual safety car in US GP
Previous article

Daniel Ricciardo frustrated by F1 virtual safety car in US GP

Next article

Red Bull F1 boss Horner explains Verstappen's US GP pitstop error

Red Bull F1 boss Horner explains Verstappen's US GP pitstop error
The inconvenient questions posed by Vettel’s Williams run Plus

The inconvenient questions posed by Vettel’s Williams run

Sebastian Vettel's demo laps on board his own Williams FW14B was not only a great spectacle for the fans, but were carried out with a fully sustainable, carbon-neutral fuel. And it begs the question - for all of the money F1 has spent on championing hybrids and electric components, could it go back to V8s or V10s with a similar kind of fuel?

The pioneering pair who brought a new glory era to an F1 heavyweight  Plus

The pioneering pair who brought a new glory era to an F1 heavyweight 

With the team’s founder now retired and a new boss at the helm, change was coming to Brabham – change that would shape the future of Formula 1. In the third part of our four-part history of Brabham, DAMIEN SMITH examines the effect Bernie Ecclestone had on the team

The combination behind the Silverstone racing battles Hamilton called "F1 at its best" Plus

The combination behind the Silverstone racing battles Hamilton called "F1 at its best"

OPINION: The late battling in the British Grand Prix wowed Formula 1 fans and surely represents the best racing action of the season so far. And there was a cocktail of factors that created the action, from which Carlos Sainz emerged as a popular new winner

Formula 1
Jul 6, 2022
How Ferrari’s Monaco headache became its Silverstone migraine Plus

How Ferrari’s Monaco headache became its Silverstone migraine

OPINION: Ferrari won the British Grand Prix with Carlos Sainz, but it ultimately cost Charles Leclerc a chance to make a bigger dent in Max Verstappen's title lead by leaving the Monegasque out on old tyres towards the end. Like Monaco, indecision over strategy proved to be the Scuderia's biggest issue - and if the team doesn't reflect, the headache can only intensify

Formula 1
Jul 5, 2022
The five factors behind Sainz winning a British GP he’d twice lost Plus

The five factors behind Sainz winning a British GP he’d twice lost

Formula 1 has a newest race winner, in a grand prix the victor appeared to have lost twice, only to charge back to headline a sensational and dramatic British Grand Prix. From a massive start crash to a late sprint finish, here’s how five factors saw Carlos Sainz take his maiden grand prix win

Formula 1
Jul 4, 2022
Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga Plus

Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga

The appearance of a revised Aston Martin in Spain caused controversy but PAT SYMONDS explains why the FIA investigation found the Silverstone team had no case to answer

Formula 1
Jul 3, 2022
Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone Plus

Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone

After a slow start to Friday at Silverstone, all the Formula 1 teams had to effectively cram in a day’s worth of practice into one hour. But there was still plenty to learn and while Ferrari topped the times, a three-way battle is brewing ahead of the British Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jul 2, 2022
Why the future is bright for the British GP Plus

Why the future is bright for the British GP

It wasn’t so long ago the situation looked bleak at Silverstone with the future of the British Grand Prix under threat. But a transformation has seen it restored to one of the most important races on the Formula 1 calendar, with bigger and better to come

Formula 1
Jul 1, 2022