Alonso says penalty ‘shows how bad F1 is’

Annette Crawford
October 10, 2018

Although the stewards deemed Stroll to be responsible for the incident, Alonso was also penalised, and after the race he wasn't holding back. 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 auto back to the pits.

Alonso has made a habit in recent years of emphasising how good his performances have been. "We talked about these situations on Friday's briefing, when a vehicle moves in the braking area and leaves you with nowhere to go, that's something you can not do". That's something you can not do.

"Even when the driver comes to apologise, I think it's hard to understand the decision".

When asked what he meant about how bad F1 was, he said: "In the decisions, in the random, in the poor consistency". I was coming into the last corner, braking on the outside and the other guy didn't see me, so I had to go off to avoid him after some contact.

"Now he comes to apologize because I was in the gravel but I still get the penalty".

"He didn't see me", added the Spaniard, who leaves F1 at the end of the season, and who has been a critic of the direction the sport is heading.

"For the team I think it's unbelievable", he said. The Spanish racer chose to cut the chicane and come out ahead of the Williams, and since he was not ahead of Stroll when contact was made, he was expected to give back the position. "He gained a massive advantage but at the same time I didn't give him much room so it's just one of those typical racing incidents on the first lap". He wasn't. He shouldn't have taken the place by doing it, but equally, Stroll shouldn't have pushed him off the track. You couldn't say that because Fernando was forced off, he was entitled to cut the chicane. "They felt that each driver should be given a five-second penalty for two separate offenses".

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