Spaniard Fernando Alonso has found himself in hot water with F1 authorities after he ignored blue flags during the Grand Prix in Japan.
According to race stewards, the Spaniard did not stop when a solid blue light appeared on his dashboard and when he passed blue flags between turn 14-15 on lap 51.
It’s safe to say that they were not happy, and released a statement which reads as follows: "Alonso was shown a solid blue indicator light on his dash and waved blue flags between Turn 14 and Turn 15 on Lap 51.
"He also had received a flashing blue light informing him that race leader Lewis Hamilton was closing on him for over a lap before. Alonso let Hamilton pass during lap 52 at Turn 11.
"The drivers have been told in drivers' briefings that the provisions of the International Sporting Code, that they 'must allow the following car to pass at the earliest opportunity' means that they should do this for lapping cars regardless of their current battle. Stewards concluded that Alonso did not do this.
"Alonso noted in the hearing that there was an opportunity allow to Hamilton to pass on the front straight, but not thereafter until Turn 11.
“The Stewards accepted that there are limited safe places to let a car past between Turns 2 and 9 which contributed to the length of time it took to allow Hamilton past.
"In applying the penalty, the Stewards compared this incident to other similar incidents and considered that while a breach, this was less severe than others and that when he did move over he gave plenty of room, and subsequently to Verstappen."
Alonso has also received two penalty points to his racing license, and following the stewards decision, said that he did not agree as his actions did not affect the result of the race.
The Spaniard said: “Hamilton was leading and the Red Bull was second
"I don't know it I waited two or three corners more or less, but they finished in that order so there was no big implication in the race's final outcome.
"Whatever they decide we will accept it and we'll try better next time."
It was Alonso's first sanction of the season, and his first penalty points of the campaign.
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