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Alonso not astonished by Schumacher overtakes



The Ferrari’s ace Fernando Alonso confess the fact that Michael Schumacher pass him during the last session of the Monaco GP didn’t surprise him. Misunderstanding reigned after the race as to whether the move on Alonso was lawful as the green light went up moments after the Safety Car returned to the pits at the final corner. But, the stewards deemed it illegal and slapped the seven-time World Champion with a 20-second penalty.

Fernando, while, insists the rules are clear and says he wanted to overtake Lewis Hamilton, but his team said him not to do it.

“The team told me over radio that we could not overtake,” he told “I wanted to attack Lewis Hamilton, but I was forbidden by the team to do it. The fact that Michael went ahead to pass me did not surprise me.”

Alonso, who completed the race in sixth place following Schumacher’s penalty, says there was never any doubt that the German would be punished. “I was calm and that was later confirmed by the stewards, who put things right,” he wrote in his Ferrari blog.

It was a “bittersweet” weekend for Alonso in Monaco. He was forced to watch qualifying from the team garage after he smashed his car during practice. However, he had a much better race as he moved from the back of the pack to sixth.

“In terms of the points I picked up, it was not good enough, especially as we were in the right shape to fight for the win,” he said in his Ferrari blog. “Following on from Barcelona, where we were not fast enough to win, on the Monaco track, where aerodynamics is less important, we were more competitive.

“Sunday was very satisfying. We were aware that if we wanted to finish in the points, everything had to be perfect: the car, strategy, overtaking and tyres. And that was indeed the case.”
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