Saturday started badly for Fernando Alonso and Aston Martin. If this Friday both the Asturian and his partner Lance Stroll They secured the second row of the grid for Sunday’s race in the Formula 1 Sao Paulo GPgiving the surprise at the Interlagos circuit, today the team’s luck has changed drastically.
At the end of the first qualifying round for the sprint race, ‘sprint shootout 1’, Esteban Ocon has lost control of his Alpine, has gone towards the outside of the curve where Fernando was and has violently impacted against the Aston Martin driver.. “what an idiot“!” snapped the French pilot.
Race management has communicated that the incident will be investigated after the session, which was stopped with 33 seconds left in SS1 while the protection barriers were being repaired.
“I’m fine, but I think there is a lot of damage to the car,” he said. Fernando on the radio, while Ocon got out of his Alpine, destroyed, on his own accord and without apparent consequences. The stewards will now have to determine if Alonso has left enough space for the Frenchman, who was thrown when he hit the AMR23.
The red flag has prevented the rest of the drivers from improving their lap and Lance Stroll found himself out of action the first time, after being third this Friday in qualifying for Sunday’s race. Along with the Canadian, they have been eliminated Ocon, Zhou, Albon and Sargeant. During the break due to the incident, the Aston Martin mechanics worked against the clock to try to repair Alonso’s car so that the Spaniard could go out to the second round, SS2.