Alonso escapes penalty following Massa clash


Fernando Alonso - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Fernando Alonso has escaped a penalty for the incident with Felipe Massa at turn fifteen that saw the two drivers bang wheels and ultimately led to a puncture to the Brazilian.

The McLaren-Honda Formula 1 Team driver made an optimistic lunge into the inside of the Williams Martini Racing driver as they made their way through the tricky section at turn fifteen, and the two banged wheels, with Alonso pushing Massa off the track.

Massa fell in behind the Spaniard but was forced to pit with just two laps remaining with a puncture, although it did not cost him any positions such was the gap to Sergio Perez behind.

The Stewards at the Circuit of the Americas deemed that neither driver where wholly to blame for the incident, and as such felt no further action was required, allowing Alonso to keep his fifth position with Massa seventh behind Carlos Sainz Jr.

Kevin Magnussen was handed a five-second time penalty post race after stewards found he left the track and gained an advantage while passing Daniil Kvyat late on, with the subsequent penalty dropping the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team driver back behind the Scuderia Toro Rosso racer into twelfth position.

Magnussen has also been handed two penalty points on his Superlicence as a result of his misdemeanour, but unfortunately for Kvyat, he also had two points applied to his own Superlicence after his lap one clash with Perez that spun the Sahara Force India F1 Team driver around.

The Scuderia Ferrari team have also been punished post-race with a €5,000 fine for an unsafe release when Kimi Raikkonen was allowed back into the race despite his right rear tyre not being fitted correctly.