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Fernando Alonso

Alonso in Aston Martin apology: They were laughing

The Spaniard's team radio message regarding strategy in the early stages of the Miami Grand Prix has been confirmed as a mix-up.

Alonso Miami
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Fernando Alonso has revealed his bizarre radio call regarding strategy during the Miami Grand Prix left his Aston Martin team laughing.

The two-time F1 World Champion was circulating behind then-race leader Sergio Perez in the early stages of the event when seemingly struggling on his set of Medium tyres.

Alonso radioed to his team to request his strategy be altered to "Plan A minus 12", meaning he wished to pit 12 laps ahead of his tactical schedule.

Instead, the Spaniard was the last to switch to Hards and would go on to finish third, behind the Red Bull duo led by Max Verstappen.

Asked if his 'minus 12' request was genuine, Alonso told Sky Sports F1: "No, I had Plan A and Plan B and I mixed them up, [so] minus 12 was not what I meant.

"I said sorry a few seconds later, they understood because they were laughing. It was not possible to do minus 12 because we had already passed that lap."

Lonely race led to Stroll commentary

Alonso provided another entertaining moment of radio conversation later in the race when commenting on teammate Lance Stroll's overtaking endeavours.

"What position is Lance? Great move into Turn 1," asked Alonso.

On how he knew Canadian Stroll had improved his position, Alonso explained: "I had a very lonely race, there was nothing in front of us with the Red Bulls but also quite a big margin behind.

"It depends on the circuit but out of [Turns] 10 and 11, there is a big TV screen there so I was watching the race a little bit.

"I saw some movements from Lance into Turn 1 so I did enjoy that, but I didn't know which position he was fighting for."

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