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Fernando Alonso

Stewards hand down verdict on Alonso/Hamilton incident

The stewards have made decisions over incidents involving Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, and Juri Vips and George Russell, during first practice in Spain.

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Fernando Alonso has escaped with a reprimand after being investigated for impeding Lewis Hamilton during first practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Alonso was found guily of blocking Hamilton at Turn 12 in Friday's first session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, landing him his first reprimand of the season.

"The stewards reviewed video evidence and determined that the driver of car 14 was driving slowly on the racing line between Turn 12 and Turn 13 and unnecessarily impeded car 44, requiring car 44 to take avoiding action," read the stewards' explanation.

"Consistent with the drivers' request for the stewards to enforce impeding during P1 and P2 this season, the stewards issue a reprimand (driving)."

Vips also picks up a reprimand on his official F1 debut

Formula 2 racer Juri Vips, making his Grand Prix weekend debut in Sergio Perez's Red Bull, was also given a reprimand for impeding the other Mercedes of George Russell at Turn 12.

"The (Red Bull) team manager indicated that the team had provided the driver the wrong information having had a software issue," explained the stewards.

"Thus the driver was following the team's advice, but was certainly driving slowly on the racing line and forced car 63 to take evasive action, thereby unnecessarily impeding."

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