The Alpine F1 driver had already received a five-second time penalty during the race for colliding with Pierre Gasly. This penalty dropped him from eighth to ninth place at the finish. Stable mate Esteban Ocon moved up one place, so no points were lost for the Alpine team.
After the race, however, the two-time world champion received another five-second penalty, this time for get off the track and gain a lasting advantage during the penultimate lap of the Miami Grand Prix. As a result of this second penalty, he falls back to eleventh place in the final standings. Williams driver Alexander Albon gets double the number of points in ninth, Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll climbs to tenth place and inherits the last point.
Before announcing his second time penalty, Fernando Alonso had some of the following to say about the Gasly incident: Motorsport.com: “I had a slow pit stop and lost about four seconds. I then tried to make up the time I lost on Gasly. When I managed to catch him I was very optimistic about my attempt to catch him. I hit Pierre and got a five second penalty which I totally deserved. Because it was my fault, I braked too late. We were ready to give back track position but he pitted. As a result, I had to take the five penalty seconds.”
Alonso apologized to Gasly after the race. “Yes, it was my fault. It’s happened to me a few times too. Mick turned into me at Imola and that ruined my race. This time I braked too late and ruined the race for Pierre. I find that very unfortunate for him. I know how it feels It wasn’t his fault. It sucks not finishing because someone hits you from behind.”