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Fernando Alonso was found guilty of potentially causing George Russell’s 170mph crash, a dramatic smash that left the British driver fearing for his life at the Australian Grand Prix. ‘Red flag, red flag, red flag, I’m in the middle of the track,’ he implored. The red flag, which would have ended the grand prix, did not come. The accident occurred at Turn 7, with Russell careering into the wall at an estimated 100mph, having suddenly slowed down. The stewards found that Alonso broke Article 33.4 of the FIA’s Sporting Code, which reads: ‘At no time may a car be driven unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner which could be deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers or any other person.’. Alonso told the stewards he approached the corner differently by lifting early and carrying less speed, but only to gain a better exit. The stewards’ verdict read: ‘Telemetry shows that Alonso lifted slightly more than 100 metres earlier than he ever had going into that corner during the race. ‘Should Alonso have the right to try a different approach to the corner?

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