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Alonso doubts Verstappen will be penalised for Hamilton clash

Fernando Alonso has backed Max Verstappen to avoid a penalty for his incident with Lewis Hamilton in Brazil.

Fernando Alonso believes that Max Verstappen will avoid a penalty for his incident with Lewis Hamilton in the Brazilian Grand Prix, arguing that "nothing should happen" in retrospect. Verstappen and Hamilton clashed while fighting for the lead of last weekend's race at Interlagos, with championship leader Verstappen running deep at Turn 4 and both drivers taking to the escape area on the exit. After the stewards noted the incident but opted against any further action at the time, Mercedes have sought a review based on previously unseen footage from Verstappen's onboard camera emerging post-race. However, two-time World Champion Alonso doubts that Mercedes will succeed in their quest, and therefore expects Verstappen to retain his 14-point lead over Hamilton in the Drivers' standings. "I guess an incident that is from the past race, nothing should happen now," Alonso told media, including RacingNews365.com , when asked for his view of the incident. "I don't know exactly if it was too bad, but the stewards considered that it was no penalty there [in Brazil], [so] it will not be a penalty, I guess, now, and [there's] nothing more to add."

Alonso has no view on the incident

Alonso admitted that he has not yet watched the incident between travelling from Brazil to Qatar, but nonetheless has no interest in giving an opinion or comparing it with previous situations. "I came from Brazil straight here and I was in the gym [or] on the beach on all of these days, so I had no opportunity [to watch it]," he added. "But even if I look, honestly, I know there is a hearing or something today, but I will not have an opinion, because it is very different, I think, from time to time, and I don't know exactly what happened."

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