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Fernando Alonso

Alonso explains reason for finger wag gesture at Tsunoda

After a scary moment when trying to overtake Yuki Tsunoda in Austria, Fernando Alonso gave the Japanese driver a mid-race piece of his mind.

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Fernando Alonso says his finger-wagging gesture to Yuki Tsunoda in last weekend's Austrian Grand Prix was a reaction to being pushed onto the grass during an attempted overtake.

Alonso was challenging Tsunoda for position late in the race, and was making his move past on the run down to Turn 4 when the Japanese driver appeared to move over on him, forcing the Spaniard half onto the grass.

Clearly irked by Tsunoda's defence, Alonso briefly removed his right hand from the steering wheel to wag his finger at the AlphaTauri driver, before completing the pass up the inside of Turn 4.

"I was on the grass, so I don't know why he was pushing me that far," Alonso told media including RacingNews365.com of Tsunoda's actions.

"I was with the DRS on the grass, flat out, and there was no way to defend.

"I was already side-by-side, so I don't know.

"I feel like those kind of things, it's better to avoid at 300 km/h, but it was okay."

Alonso encouraged by Alpine's pace in Austria

After moving past Tsunoda, Alonso ultimately finished 10th, having started down in 19th after an electrical fault had prevented him from starting Saturday's grid-determining Sprint race.

Alonso's teammate, Esteban Ocon, also took his best result of the season so far with fifth place, and Alonso said he was pleased with the pace Alpine showed at the Red Bull Ring.

"It was a tricky race at the beginning," said Alonso.

"We were all in a DRS train and that was quite difficult to overtake.

"But I felt so much faster than the cars around, so I'm very pleased and upbeat about the car performance today.

"Cars that we are normally fighting with were really slow compared to our pace, so that's a very good sign."

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