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Alonso surprised by post-race Melbourne penalty

Fernando Alonso says the way drivers have to get creative to try and defend positions at times is “part of the art of motorsport” after being surprised by the penalty he was given after the Australian Grand Prix.

The stewards handed Alonso a retrospective drive-through penalty – converted into 20 seconds being added to his race time – for driving in a “potentially dangerous” manner when defending against George Russell on the final lap of the race in Melbourne.

Alonso lifted more than 100 meters earlier than he had at any other stage of the race on the run to Turn 6, downshifted, then accelerated again and upshifted, before again slowing for the corner. Russell lost control coming close to the rear of Alonso’s car and encountering a loss of downforce, suffering a heavy crash and leading to the stewards investigating the incident and penalizing Alonso.