F1 race course “too mushy” on Abu Dhabi GP qualifying site visitors points


A number of drivers have been summoned to see the stewards for impeding rivals after they have been seen working slowly on the finish of Q2 as they tried to discover a slot to set a flying lap as observe circumstances continued to enhance.

Alpine driver Alonso was impeded by the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo, one of many drivers below investigation.

Alonso was knocked out of Q2 because of the incident, and the Spaniard reiterated his unhappiness about race course not being powerful sufficient with its penalties in conditions like this.

“Sadly we do not have anybody policing this,” stated Alonso after qualifying. “Race director is just too mushy on this and should you allow us to to play on the out-laps and issues like that it is all the time going to be a large number.

“We’d like a referee to guard us and in the intervening time we do not have it in order that’s unhealthy.”

He added: “The problem is we must be a bit extra aligned with the issues which can be proper and the issues which can be incorrect. It must be extra black and white with what’s a penalty and what’s not a penalty.

“And so they need to be harsh in among the selections.

“In soccer when somebody makes a sort out and there’s a bit penalty or no matter, there’s a crimson card, and right here they’re struggling to point out a yellow card or a crimson card. That is why we hold repeating the identical unhealthy issues.”

Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21

Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21

Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Photos

Alonso is satisfied Ricciardo, in addition to different drivers, can be penalised because of right this moment’s site visitors troubles.

“On the site visitors itself, it is McLaren’s fault,” Alonso added. “The group or the driving force or no matter, as a result of even when there’s loads of site visitors on the out-lap it’s good to transfer when a quick automotive is coming and he did not transfer.

“I believe in Austria Vettel had three locations [penalty] so I count on three locations minimal or extra and let’s have a look at the place I begin. I believe I will begin ninth, for my part, however let’s have a look at.”

The 2-time F1 world champion, who certified in eleventh, stated each group was responsible of going out proper on the finish of the periods, however believes he has averted any investigations due to his Alpine squad being “sharp” in warning him about sooner drivers approaching.

“Everyone does that. We do this as effectively on the out-lap as effectively,” he stated.

“Typically there is no such thing as a approach we will cross and we’re too sluggish, slower than what we would like, however our group could be very sharp on telling us when a quick automotive is coming so I had zero investigations for impeding the entire yr.

“You must be additionally sharp and the people who find themselves not sharp they’re investigated and usually they get a penalty, however that is one other factor. It’s totally random.”

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Alonso has been some of the vocal drivers this yr, usually complaining concerning the stewards’ selections.

He reckons nothing has modified for the higher up to now.

“Oh yeah, positively a lot worse. A lot worse than in 2018,” he stated. “There are not any guidelines on the market. Not for the out-lap. There are not any minimal instances to respect.

“There are loads of unusual actions on the primary lap off observe. I complained within the first third of the championship. Then I modified angle and I used to be doing the identical and now there are not any extra races to impede anybody, but it surely’s not in my coronary heart to impede.

“Nobody desires to be in the course of anybody’s quick lap as a result of then you definitely go to the stewards and usually you get a three-place penalty. I suppose that is what’s gonna occur right this moment.”


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