Fernando Alonso: European Grand Prix was ‘manipulated’

By Gareth Llewellyn
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Fernando Alonso (Photo: PH-Stop)

Fernando Alonso has accused the FIA of “manipulating” the outcome of the European Grand Prix after incidents under the safety car.

The Spaniard made the accusation after Lewis Hamilton was penalised for overtaking the safety car following Mark Webber’s collision with Heikki Kovalainen.

Hamilton’s drive-through penalty, coming some 20 laps after the incident occurred, meant very little as the McLaren driver built up a steady advantage over third placed Kamui Kobayashi, meaning the Brit rejoined in second place.

Ferrari have also been vocal against the FIA saying that the incident and penalty was a “scandal” that “damaged the credibility of the sport.”

“We were running well, in third after a good start,” Alonso told Spanish television. “Then the safety car came out, which wasn’t too good for us, but Hamilton overtook the safety car, something that I had never seen, overtaking the medical car with yellow flags.

“We were a metre off each other, and he finished second and I finished ninth.

“This race was to finish second. Then with the safety car I would have finished where I finished in ninth, and Hamilton in eighth.

“But here, when you do the normal thing, which is respecting the rules, you finish ninth, and the one who doesn’t respect them finishes second.”

In his defence, Hamilton said: “As I was coming around turn one, literally as I got to the safety car line I saw the safety car was pretty much alongside me.

“I thought that I’d passed it so I continued and that was it.”

There is no love lost between the former McLaren teammates after a series of high-profile clashes, as Hamilton refused to be number two to Alonso.

Alonso also played a part in revealing the ‘Spygate’ scandal which cost McLaren a £50million fine.

In 2008, Hamilton accused Alonso of brake testing him at the Bahrain Grand Prix, a move which saw the Brit lose his front wing, destroying his chances of qualifying on pole at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Asked by a newspaper if he would like to be Hamilton’s teammate again, Alonso answered: “No. Not if it was my choice after what happened with us.”

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