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The United States Grand Prix in Austin has witnessed a horrifying crash involving Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll.
The pair collided following the end of a safety car period after Valtteri Bottas had spun out of the race. Alonso was trying to overtake Stroll, whose Aston Martin appeared to jink to left at the last moment.
The Alpine hit the back of Stroll’s car and lifted into the air, with both vehicles hitting the barriers. Stroll retired on the spot as one wheel flew off down the road, while Alonso was somehow able to carry on and make it back to the pits to have a new front wing fitted.
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The pair will be teammates at Aston Martin next season after Alonso’s decision to leave Alpine. Many fans felt Stroll,. whose father Lawrence owns the team, was at fault for making a late move.
“Dangerous driving by Stroll, moved across,” tweeted one. Another added: “Lance, what did you do!” A third argued: “Stroll moves left when Alonso is overtaking him.”
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Surprisingly, the race wasn’t red-flagged with the cars following the safety car as the debris was cleared.
“Losing so many laps under safety car – should have been red-flagged,” said one fan, who summed up the views of many.
After the race restarted, Verstappen led from Lewis Hamilton but the world champion lost his lead following a slow pit-stop. That allowed both Hamilton and Charles Leclerc to get ahead and set up a grandstand finish.
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