2015 F1

Alonso criticises F1 stewards after Abu Dhabi GP strange penalty

Fernando Alonso and Pastor Maldonado collide, Abu Dhabi GP 2015

Fernando Alonso and Pastor Maldonado collide, Abu Dhabi GP 2015

McLaren-Honda’s Fernando Alonso has hit out at the F1 race stewards for received a “strange” drive-through penalty during the Abu Dhabi GP.

Alonso was handed a drive-through and two penalty points on his licence for crash into Maldonado at turns 1, and it’s resulted forced to stop Venezuelan’s race following the suspension failure.

But Alonso said the incident had been generated following contact with Sauber rival Felipe Nasr.

“We blame the sound of the cars for there being less and less spectators at the track,” said Alonso.

“The FIA should look at other categories like MotoGP or WEC and how successful they are and how consistent they are with the penalties.

“They need to use some common sense. Today to have a drive-through after you’ve been hit by another car is a little bit strange, or maybe unique.

“I don’t see this in WEC or MotoGP or other categories that are much more fun than us.”

The Spaniard spent the entirety of his race in Abu Dhabi alone at the back of the field after a first lap collision with Pastor Maldonado and a penalty for his part in it.

“Being last with no battles the entire race, it was pretty much alone,” Alonso said.

“We say always that there are some test races for us, but today it was more than ever a test because I was alone all the race.

“Hopefully we got some useful information for winter to develop the car but it was a very difficult race from the start.”

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