Alonso Secures Fourth Place in the Drivers’ Championship at Yas Marina Circuit
The Aston Martin driver secured fourth place in the drivers’ championship with a seventh place finish at the Yas Marina Circuit. Despite this achievement, Alonso faced scrutiny from the stewards for an incident that occurred after his second pitstop during the season finale.
DRS Ploy Raises Eyebrows
As Alonso rejoined the circuit, he found himself with Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes closing in behind him. To defend his position, the seasoned driver strategically moved to the right-hand side of the road on the approach to the Turn 5 left-hand hairpin. This unconventional maneuver caught the attention of both spectators and officials.
Alonso’s decision to position himself in such a manner exploited the Drag Reduction System (DRS) used in Formula 1 racing. The DRS allows drivers within one second of the car ahead to open an adjustable slot on the rear wing and gain a speed advantage on straights.
In this case, Alonso’s intention was to trigger the DRS on his car and force Hamilton to brake earlier than expected as he approached the hairpin. By doing so, he aimed to disrupt Hamilton’s rhythm and potentially gain an advantage in the fight for position.
Following the race, Alonso provided some insight into his controversial move. He explained that he was aware of Hamilton’s approach and tried to position himself strategically to neutralize any potential overtaking opportunities. However, Alonso emphasized that he did not brake check Hamilton intentionally and that he was merely defending his position.
The stewards reviewed the incident and deemed it as a racing incident, not warranting any further penalties or reprimands. The decision maintained Alonso’s final finishing position and secured his fourth place in the drivers’ championship.
Alonso’s performance throughout the season has been commendable, showcasing his skill and experience in the competitive world of Formula 1 racing. The fourth-place finish highlights his ability to consistently score points and fight for positions among top-class drivers.