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Gasly and Alonso collect penalty points after Turkish GP collisions

Pierre Gasly and Fernando Alonso were both given penalties for separate incidents in the Turkish Grand Prix.

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Pierre Gasly and Fernando Alonso have both collected two penalty points on their Super Licences for causing separate collisions at the Turkish Grand Prix.

Gasly's penalty came after a first-lap incident with Alonso himself. Gasly headed into Turn 1 with the Spaniard on his outside and Sergio Perez on the inside, but eventually the room ran out. As a result, Gasly touched wheels with Alonso, who spun off the track.

Gasly continued, and while he felt he was sandwiched between two cars, the stewards disagreed with that assessment, handing the AlphaTauri driver a five-second time penalty, as well as two penalty points on his Super Licence.

"The stewards determine that Gasly was predominantly at fault for the collision, as he did not leave enough space for Alonso on the outside," read the decision statement following the race.

"It should also be pointed out that the stewards do not consider this incident as an unavoidable Lap 1, Turn 1 contact between two cars, as Gasly was not sandwiched between two cars when he touched Alonso's car."

While Alonso was able to continue in the race, he got into more trouble soon after. Having fallen back to 16th, the Alpine driver made contact with Mick Schumacher as they fought for 15th.

Alonso's front-left hit Schumacher's rear-right, with the Haas driver spinning and dropping to P19. Like Gasly, Alonso served a five-second penalty during the race, while also picking up two penalty points on his Super Licence.

"Alonso tried to make a move on Schumacher at the inside at the approach to Turn 4, but never got in a position to complete the move and made contact with the inside rear wheel of Schumacher's car, causing the latter to spin," the stewards noted after the race.

"The stewards determine that Alonso is predominantly to blame."

Gasly now has three penalty points for the last 12 months, while Alonso's are the first he's received since returning to F1 this season.

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