Lizard accusation fired at Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso is looking to have a strong weekend for Aston Martin at the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso has been accused of killing a lizard during Free Practice 1 at the Singapore Grand Prix, after an onboard clip started to circulate on social media.

FP1 at the Marina Bay Circuit was a yellow flag-fest, but not for drivers making mistakes.

Instead, a yellow flag was flown in sector two several times following few four-legged friends, in the form of Singapore water monitor lizards.

One-by-one, a few lizards decided that they wanted to go across the circuit, something which was quickly spotted by reigning World Champion Max Verstappen, to which his race engineer suggested that Godzilla had a baby.

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George Russell also noticed the reptiles crossing the track, and astonishingly managed to tell when it was a different lizard.

Unfortunately, the grass wasn’t greener on the other side of the track for one of the reptiles, which was seemingly struck by Alonso.

An onboard clip of Alonso quickly circulated on Twitter/X, clearly showing the two-time World Champion running over one of the trespassers.

A slippery surface flag was concerningly flown in the sector where the lizards were spotted (Turn 9), effectively confirming that one had been struck.

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Whilst the loss of the lizard was a haunting moment for fans, no reptiles were thankfully seen during Free Practice 2 on Friday afternoon.

Instead of lizards on the track, it was two Prancing Horses at the top of the timesheets, as Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc ended the opening day in first and second.

Ferrari have looked very strong so far in Singapore, at a venue where Leclerc claimed pole position 12 months ago.

The Maranello-based team have often gone well at the Marina Bay Circuit, with Friday suggesting that this weekend is no different.

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Behind the Ferrari duo was George Russell, with Alonso and Lewis Hamilton completing the top-five.

It was an opening day to forget for Red Bull, as Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez both complained often about the performance of the RB19.

Perez struggled to trust the brakes after having an unstable rear end, with the Mexican ending the opening day in seventh, just ahead of Verstappen in eighth.