Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton have both been handed 20-second post-race penalties following their collision in today’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
The former McLaren team-mates and fierce on-track rivals came together towards the end of the race, with the Spaniard clipping the rear of the Brit’s car as he pulled out to make a pass. Alonso lost enough of his front wing to be forced in to the pits whilst Lewis would lose pace and also be forced to stop.
The Ferrari driver has been punished for causing the collision whilst Hamilton’s crime was changing his line more than once whilst defending his position. The penalty makes no difference to Alonso, who retains his sixth place finish, but drops Lewis once place to eighth, promoting Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi – who was himself thrown out of the opening round in Australia for a technical infringement – to P7.
What do you think about the stewards decision and the Hamilton-Alonso coming together?