Damon Hill praised Fernando Alonso for the Aston Martin driver’s remarkable sharpness and presence of mind amid the chaos that unfolded on the second restart in Melbourne last weekend.
As cars veered off course or into the gravel trap at the first corner after the second red flag, Alonso was tagged into spin by the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz.
The Aston charger survived the contact but as he collected himself, the Spaniard fell from third all the way to the back of the field.
No sooner had Alonso got going than there was carnage up ahead as both Alpine drivers eliminated themselves, a crash that brought out the second red flag of the day.
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However, while many believed that the cars would line up behind the safety car in the order in which they had survived the commotion, Alonso radioed in to signal to his crews that the order should be rolled back to the grid positions at the restart, referring to last year’s British Grand Prix as a precedent.
This proved to be the correct procedure, but Hill was amazed by Alonso’s vigilance and alertness.
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