Motor racing-Alonso makes peace with F1 stewards after angry outburst

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - May 22, 2022 Alpine's Fernando Alonso arrives at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya REUTERS/Albert Gea

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Twice world champion Fernando Alonso has made peace with Formula One's governing body after accusing race stewards of incompetent and unprofessional behaviour.

The Alpine driver last week blasted Miami Grand Prix stewards for handing him two five-second penalties, the last dropping the Spaniard from eighth at the chequered flag to 11th.

"We believed that it was very unfair and it was just incompetence from the stewards," the 40-year-old told reporters ahead of his home race at the Circuit de Catalunya. "They were not very professional."

Alonso spoke to new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem after that outburst and on Sunday, after lining up last on the grid due to an engine change and finishing ninth in the race, took a conciliatory stance.

"In reflection on Miami and Thursday, maybe I see it in a different way now," he said in a team review.

"The stewards did their job in Miami and perhaps we see things differently from inside the car in the heat of the moment.

"I am fully supportive of the FIA’s ideas and we want to work with them to improve the show for the fans."

There was no immediate comment from the FIA.

Alonso was happy with the weekend, watched by a capacity crowd at the Barcelona circuit in a reminder of what it used to be like when the Spaniard was winning races with Renault, McLaren and Ferrari.

Many might have been for others, with world champion Max Verstappen's Dutch fans attending in droves and Ferrari's Carlos Sainz raising hopes of a home winner, while also indicative of the sport's surging global popularity.

"Even though we were starting last I feel like we managed to put a show on for the fans," said Alonso.

"It feels a bit like a victory. Hopefully, we can start scoring consecutively in the points from here."

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Motorsport

Kasma pounces in last lap to grab victory
CP150 rider Haziq records fastest time in Round 4
Motor racing-Madrid interested in hosting Formula One race
Motor racing-Red Bull suspend junior driver Vips over racial slur
Motor racing-Norris conflicted over 'porpoising' rule changes but stresses driver safety
Motor racing-Team by team analysis of the Canadian Grand Prix
Motor racing-From 46 points behind to 46 ahead, Verstappen refuses to tempt fate
Motor racing-Hamilton takes hope on return to the podium in Canada
Motor racing-Montreal the winner as Formula One makes return
Motor racing-Verstappen holds off Sainz to win in Canada

Others Also Read