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Fernando Alonso

Alonso highlights the ‘strange cases’ that concern him about F1

Fernando Alonso is continuing his mission to get the F1 penalty system reviewed, after decisions he felt were harsh and inconsistent over the past few rounds.

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Fernando Alonso has doubled-down on his fight against the F1 penalty system, arguing punishment has been "inconsistent" and that other drivers have has pointed out out what he calls "strange" sanctions.

The 42-year-old has been vocal about decisions made in the stewarding room over the past few rounds, after he felt he was on the receiving end of the harshest penalties seen this season - at the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.

The Aston Martin further added fuel to the fire at the Miami Grand Prix, suggesting that nationality could play a part in what he implied might be biased officiating from the FIA. The two-time F1 champion told media he would seek talks with Mohammed Ben Sulayem, president of the FIA.

I think the penalties were a little bit, again, inconsistent from our view," Alonso told media including RacingNews365 when asked about how discussions went, or whether they needed to be talked about further.

"That will be always the case, I think, when there is an accident or there is an investigation, one party will think in one way and the other party will think in the opposite. This is the nature of the sport. 

"But we've had a few cases, especially the last two or three years where both parties, they think something and the referee [stewards] thinks another way, which is the strange thing in the sport."

'We will always talk'

Alonso confirmed that in his eyes, the matter was not closed and further discussions were required. The Spaniard feels it is a subject that F1 must continually strive to improve on, across a variety of topics and involving a range of groups and people.

"We will always talk and I think it's still very much open, the point," he said.

"We are in the process of of discussing more things between drivers, FIA, stewards - the future regulations, future driving standards."

To illustrate his point, Alonso singled out two drivers he had seen offer similar opinions to him, saying he was pleased to read their comments.

"This is something that we need to work on and I was happy also the day to read an article that Checo [Sergio Perez] and Logan [Sargeant] saying that the penalties were a little bit strange. So I was not the only one."

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