At the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on Sunday during the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll were involved in a terrifying collision.
On lap 22, the accident happened near the track’s fastest section. When Alonso and Stroll’s tires collided while Alonso was attempting to pass Stroll on his left, Alonso became airborne and traveled a short distance on his back two tires. Stroll was eliminated from the race, but Alonso prevented more damage to his car.
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In the collision, neither driver was injured. At the moment, the two were competing for seventh and eighth place.
After his shift was done, Stroll said he offered Alonso “enough of room” to make a pass.
Stroll stated, “I mean, I probably moved late, but there was a tremendous gap in speed.” I was roughly estimating and sort of picking where he was behind me. However, I didn’t actually hit him on the side of his automobile. The rear of my automobile is still hit by his front wing.
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It’s not like I shoved him or anything like that up into a wall because I allowed him plenty of room on the left side of the track. He may have gone more quickly and leftward. He didn’t need to approach me that closely, either. Therefore, there are many alternative angles from which to view the situation. Such a shame. Unfortunately, the racing was near to the point when the wheels just made contact.
Despite the collision, Alonso finished in seventh place; however, he was assessed a 30-second penalty, which moved him down to fifteenth. Haas opted to file a protest after discovering that the Alpine driver’s mirror had come loose during the race. The FIA, which governs F1, determined Alonso was not operating his vehicle safely.