Fernando Alonso says he has now apologised to FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem after he made comments alleging "incompetence" amongst stewards following the Miami Grand Prix.
The Spaniard was hit by a penalty after the race for gaining an advantage by going off the track. He branded the punishment as "unfair", and claimed he had taken it upon himself to remove the advantage gained by slowing down moments after.
"We believe it was very unfair and incompetence from the stewards," he said, responding to the penalty, adding: "It was very bad. It is something that should not happen in F1 with the professionalism and the standards F1 has right now."
Alonso also claimed to have seen no evidence of improvement from the FIA following last season's controversial title decider in Abu Dhabi, and criticised new Race Director Niels Wittich when he commented: "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."
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Alonso admits he can see FIA's point of view
Alonso has since apologised for his comments after discussions with Ben Sulayem.
"I am a very good friend of Mohammed and I have a lot of trust, especially [in] Mohammed, in how he's handled the FIA and all the changes that he's making, and all the things that he wants to improve," he said, speaking members of the media, including to RacingNews365.com.
"As I said, I'm fully supportive of what he's doing and his ideas, and we were talking about Miami and generally the year, how it has been.
"Hearing from them as well, I can see their point and I see that I can do things differently as well, and better."
When asked if he has apologised for his outburst, he said: "Yeah, for sure. To Mohammed especially."
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