Formula 1 returns this weekend with the Austrian Grand Prix, but Fernando Alonso has not forgotten what happened in last week’s race at Silverstone. Alonso, half-joking half seriously, complained that the stewards had not punished Charles Leclerc for a similar measure for which the Spaniard was punished in Canada.
Alonso finished fifth at Silverstone and before the press announced he was hoping to be fourth, “because Charles Leclerc moved three or four times to fight with Hamilton. I moved once to Canada and got a five-second penalty.” Fernando Alonso finished seventh in Canada, but a penalty kick for the hosts dropped the Spaniard to ninth and he lost two points. Alonso received a five-second penalty for “changing direction twice under braking” on the penultimate lap to defend his position against Valtteri Bottas, as the hosts justified. This version of the hosts did not convince Alpine and its manager and team manager, Otmar Szafnauer, declared that he was “not worthy” and once again lamented that they could not defend themselves in front of the hosts, which is what actually happened in Miami.
this Thursday, Alonso attacked the FIA (International Automobile Federation) and said he was “very confused” with its rules. In addition to the difference in judging criteria for actions such as his actions in Canada and Leclerc at Silverstone, the Spaniard noted the drivers’ exits from the track and recalled what happened to him in Miami.
“At the beginning of this year she was not allowed to deviate from the track. It was clearly a black and white flag, and Now leave the track and go to the throttle fully through the gap and continue to fight in the next corner is allowed. It’s a very different trend compared to what we’ve seen so far, so it would be interesting to elaborate on that,” Alonso said, referring to the fight between Leclerc, Chico Perez and Lewis Hamilton. “They told us the only thing that was clear was that they would see the white line and that wasn’t the case at Silverstone.”he added.
Alonso remembers that in Miami the stewards punished him with five seconds for understanding that the Spaniard had gained an off-track advantage at Turn 14. “I went off the track in Miami on a corner and got an advantage, but they have to imagine that I gained an advantage because I gave back all the advantages. Now the advantage is gained. Clearly because you can fight in the next corner from the inside or the outside, so it was clear and there was no penalty.The Alpine driver said: “I’m really confused.”
In the press conference held before the Austrian Grand Prix, Alonso also spoke about Carlos Sainz’s victory over Silverstone, the first Madrid national in Formula 1, and predicted the Spanish Ferrari driver: “It’s always important to win the first race, especially when you’re at Ferrari, because there are so many It was a matter of time, because you have one of the top two cars and only Max, Sergio, Leclerc and Carlos can now win the race and he has to come. This won’t be the last year“.