Aston Martin defend Fernando Alonso in statement amid George Russell accusations

Following the race, both Russell and Alonsowere summoned to the stewards over the incident. The two-time world champion was subsequently handed a 20 second-time penalty after being perceived to have hit the brakes in a “potentially dangerous” situation.

The sanction cost the 42-year-old two places, eventually awarded eighth position. And now Krack has released a statement offering the team’s full support to his driver.

“I wanted to thank you for all the messages of support the team have received since Sunday and the final results of the Australian Grand Prix,” he said. “Firstly, in motorsport everyone is relieved that George was ok and walked away after his accident. I want you to know that we fully support Fernando.