WATCH: Unseen F1 Footage Reveals Dangerous Fernando Alonso Weaving That Led to Penalty at Montreal

Published 06/20/2022, 8:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Canadian Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada – June 18, 2022 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso after finishing in second position after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Jim Watson

Fernando Alonso is proving weekend after weekend that age is just a number. The oldest man on the grid also has the longest career in F1 now. Improving on his race in Baku, Alonso drove incredibly throughout the Canadian GP weekend. The Spaniard even got himself a first front row start in a race since 2012 after a brilliant qualifying.

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The Spaniard incredibly bettered Carlos Sainz’s timing on the last flying lap and split the Ferrari and Red Bull in the front row. This was the first time in the season that a car apart from Red Bull or Ferrari started at the front. The race, however, did not go according to plan for the Alpine man.

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Alonso’s Alpine did not have the speed to match the Ferrari or the Mercedes, as the two overtook him despite his best efforts. However, the race went from bad to worse for the Spaniard in the final laps. The stewards adjudged Alonso of weaving his Alpine in front of Valtteri Bottas. The Alfa Romeo pilot was close enough to overtake Alonso, but the Spaniard weaved his car one too many times to block the Finn.

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Alonso finished the race at P7 but with a five-second penalty was ultimately downgraded to P9 behind both the Alfa Romeo cars. An incredible start to the weekend came to a disappointing end for the Alpine man. The Canadian GP added itself to the growing list of disappointing races Alonso has had so far this season.

Fernando Alonso was in the unchartered territory after the qualifying

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Alonso may have the most experience behind a single-seater in the sport’s history, but as it seems, the old-timer has forgotten a thing or two. After qualifying at P2 for the race, Alonso forgot about the post-qualifying press conference reserved for the top three.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 20, 2022 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during a press conference REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Instead, the Spaniard walked toward the Tv pen where other journalists are lined up to interview the other drivers. It was multiple years of familiarity of Tv pen and a lack of front row qualifying pace that made Alonso forget.

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It was a weekend of difficulties for the Alpine man and hopefully, he can redeem himself at the British Grand Prix.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

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