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Alonso punished for pit lane near miss
May 9, 2010, 10:36 AM

There was a curious incident during qualifying when Fernando Alonso exited his pit garage and almost drove straight into Nico Rosberg.

There was a curious incident during qualifying when Fernando Alonso exited his pit garage and almost drove straight into Nico Rosberg.

The German braked hard and an accident was avoided, but Rosberg called for a penalty for the Spaniard over the radio and the FIA stewards decided to fine him and the Ferrari team $20,000 for unsafe release. It was a bit like a footballer who calls for a fellow professional to get a yellow card.

Operationally it was unusual that there was no Ferrari mechanic in the pit lane in front of the car, looking to see if the coast was clear and Alonso came out of the garage very quickly.

Rosberg said afterwards, “It’s a serious situation. There were some photographers standing there and if we collide, parts start flying and it’s dangerous for them, very dangerous. I think it’s correct that they got a fine and we need to do better next time. It’s not good.”

The incident comes three weeks after Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton were both cautioned for dicing in the pit lane in the Chinese Grand Prix. Safety in the pit lane has always been an important thing in F1 and the $20,000 fine indicates that the FIA wants to remind the teams and particularly the drivers, to take it seriously.

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