Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Japanese GP: Alonso Criticizes F1 Again, Hamilton Downplays Title Talk

Alonso Penalty shows'how bad Formula One Alonso: This is how bad F1 is
Sidney Guerrero | 10 October, 2018, 11:40

Fernando Alonso does not sound like a man who will miss Formula One when he leaves at the end of the season. Stroll was given a five-second time penalty for causing a collision, but Alonso kept his foot in and cut a lot of the track to rejoin ahead of the Williams and was handed the same time penalty - much to his annoyance.

The stewards found Stroll at fault for the incident but penalised Alonso for what he did afterwards, with the note saying: "Although vehicle 14 was forced off the track, auto 14 thereafter cut the chicane and rejoined the track thereby gaining a significant advantage". He is keen to take on a new challenge, one which will allow him to compete again for race wins and world championships. "This is how bad Formula One is". He believes the lack of consistency from the race stewards when it comes to penalizing drivers for their errors is what makes F1 bad.

Alonso was not too unhappy with the incident itself, as he accepted Stroll's explanation that he had not seen the orange McLaren on his left-hand side.

"He didn't see me", he said. "If he sees you and pushes you on the grass it's another thing, but it was just an unfortunate situation in a race situation", he added.

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Stroll said he did not understand the rationale behind the penalty he received for the incident itself.

"I just wanted to say no hard feelings over the first lap", Stroll said of his conversation with Alonso.

"I was convinced when I crossed the line that we could be in Q2 easily because probably it has been one of the best laps I did in my life here at Suzuka", Alonso said. He infamously called his Le Mans 24 Hours victory this year - in which he drove one of the two Toyotas which enjoyed a significant pace advantage - as the best in that event's long history, while he also claimed no other driver could have replicated his actions at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix when he managed to bring a damaged vehicle back to the pits.

Alonso confirmed in August he will be leaving F1 at the end of the ongoing campaign.

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