Initially, both drivers were summoned to the stewards office to give their account of the incident. It appears that Alonso brake-tested the Dutchman after completing a fast lap, gesticulating furiously in the process. After the initial meeting, Fernando was recalled to another meeting without Doornbos, after which Alonso said:
[I am] totally surprised by the last ten minutes. The same things happen in every test, every practice and every race, but for some reason, this weekend it seems important.
This incident and repercussions will likely result in Alonso not getting into the second session of qualifying, and will thus mean the Spaniard will start from (at best) in 17th place. With
It wouldn’t surprise me if Renault counted their losses and changed his engine as well, demoting him to 22nd, but giving him a fresh V8 and bucket-loads of fuel.
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