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F1 star Fernando Alonso slams ‘not very professional’ FIA race stewards over Miami GP penalty ahead of Spanish GP

FERNANDO ALONSO has slammed the FIA race stewards and accused them of being incompetent and “not very professional”.

The two-time world champion erupted ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix when asked about a penalty handed to him at the last race.

Fernando Alonso hasn’t held back in the build up to the Spanish GP

Alonso was demoted out of the points at the Miami GP after being given a post-race time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.

Unhappy Alonso says the decision was wrong and that F1 should not tolerate such a poor quality of officiating and called on the sport’s governing body to up their standards.

He said: “We believe that it was very unfair and it was just incompetence from the stewards.

“They were not very professional in Miami. I missed one corner and they took the decision without asking for any proof.

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“We arrived after the race with all the proof that I had given the time back and they were just packing up. They were not even in the room.

“We went there, we showed them all the data, they said give us five minutes and then they found themselves with their hands tied, probably because they had already issued the penalty.

“So it was very bad, and honestly, I mean… yeah, it’s already the past but it is something that should not happen in Formula One, with professionalism and standards Formula One has right now.”

Alonso’s blast comes just five months after the FIA were forced to ditch former race director Michael Masi after he failed to obey the safety car rules in the title-decider in Abu Dhabi.


But Alonso is not happy with Masi’s replacement, Niels Wittich, and says he lacks experience.

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He added: “We have seen a couple of things already that proves that we still need to improve a lot.

“You need to have some knowledge about racing before being a race director or trying to monitor a race. And I don’t think that knowledge is in place at the moment.

“When you don’t have that knowledge of racing it’s difficult to talk.”




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