BARCELONA (Reuters) – Twice world champion Fernando Alonso has made peace with Formula One’s governing physique after accusing race stewards of incompetent and unprofessional behaviour.
The Alpine driver final week blasted Miami Grand Prix stewards for handing him two five-second penalties, the final dropping the Spaniard from eighth on the chequered flag to eleventh.
“We believed that it was very unfair and it was simply incompetence from the stewards,” the 40-year-old instructed reporters forward of his house race on the Circuit de Catalunya. “They weren’t very skilled.”
Alonso spoke to new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem after that outburst and on Sunday, after lining up final on the grid resulting from an engine change and ending ninth within the race, took a conciliatory stance.
“In reflection on Miami and Thursday, perhaps I see it differently now,” he mentioned in a workforce assessment.
“The stewards did their job in Miami and maybe we see issues otherwise from contained in the automobile within the warmth of the second.
“I’m totally supportive of the FIA’s concepts and we need to work with them to enhance the present for the followers.”
There was no rapid remark from the FIA.
Alonso was completely happy with the weekend, watched by a capability crowd on the Barcelona circuit in a reminder of what it was once like when the Spaniard was successful races with Renault, McLaren and Ferrari.
Many might need been for others, with world champion Max Verstappen’s Dutch followers attending in droves and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz elevating hopes of a house winner, whereas additionally indicative of the game’s surging international recognition.
“Even although we have been beginning final I really feel like we managed to place a present on for the followers,” mentioned Alonso.
“It feels a bit like a victory. Hopefully, we will begin scoring consecutively within the factors from right here.”
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, enhancing by Ed Osmond)