Australian Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso passed penalty for George Russell crash


Fernando Alonso has been relegated to eighth in the Australian Grand Prix, after a 20-second penalty was handed to him post race.

The Spaniard crossed the line sixth at Albert Park on Sunday, but was sent to the stewards for an incident late in the race involving George Russell.

The race finished under a virtual safety car after Russell went into the barriers at turn 6, while chasing Alonso on the penultimate lap.

The stewards investigated the incident, in which there was no contact between the cars, to see whether Alonso had slowed down earlier than usual, which resulted in Russell needing to change his driving.

Immediately after the race, Russell told media that he was much closer to Alonso going into the corner than he expected to be.

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