Following the Grosjean’s car parked due to the wheel fixing trouble, race control launched double yellow, even as the Dutchman overtook his F1 counterpart after exiting the pit lane. The split was by 0.1 seconds, making it impossible for both drivers to realize from the cockpit.
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After realizing Verstappen should not have overtaken Alonso due to the double-yellow flag, the Red Bull garage was told to inform their driver he must allow his F1 counterpart regain his place in front.
The team radio message was first given to Verstappen, but there was a delay in telling the McLaren pit wall. Meanwhile, Max began wildly signaling for the Fernando to pass him.
But, Alonso didn’t overtake Verstappen when the Dutch man waved him through as he “thought that was maybe a trick.”
The swap ultimately decided the squabble for fifth, as Alonso stayed in front to the flag.
The Spaniard later explained why – “I saw that Max waved and wanted to let me pass,” Alonso said.
“But I thought that was maybe a trick and did not want to drive by. I wanted it confirmed three times that I’m really allowed to drive by.
“Max is especially very aggressive in overtaking manoeuvres. With his little tricks, it is better to get a confirmation.”