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Fernando Alonso

Alonso seeking clarity after being given 'hardest penalties'

Fernando Alonso believes he has received the harshest penalty verdicts in two of the last three grand prix weekends amid Aston Martin appealing his stewards decision from the Chinese Grand Prix weekend.

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Fernando Alonso has given his thoughts on the penalty he was issued for the incident with Carlos Sainz during the Chinese Grand Prix sprint race, remarking he has been the recipient of the "hardest penalty" at recent F1 weekends.

Aston Martin are appealing the penalty from Shanghai, with the hearing for that appeal to be held on 3 May in Miami, with the Spanish driver saying he will address that meeting after the decision is made.

"I prefer not to comment anything until they review everything and there is a clear picture of the situation," he told media including RacingNews365.

When pressed on the issue after he had said in China he did not feel it was a penalty, the 42-year-old contended it was obvious that there were "different opinions" on the matter.

"This happens in any sport. When you watch football on TV, depending on which team you are, it's a yellow card or red card, or not even a foul," he responded to RacingNews365.

"I think we will have different opinions, as always. I think the China one, 99% of the people was enjoying the sprint event and the battles, and I think I had the hardest penalty of the race. So maybe it was a little bit of confusion there. But let's see tomorrow."

The 'hardest penalty' in the last two grand prix weekends

The Aston Martin was fighting with the Ferrari during the sprint, and an incident in Turn 9 which caused damage to Sainz's car and left Alonso with a puncture was judged to be the two-time champion's fault.

He was issued with a 10 second time penalty despite retiring from the race. However, the three penalty points also issued will potentially have implications for Alonso, who has accumulated six such points in the last two grand prix weekends - something he was quick to point out as the harshest penalties given at both events.

"Well, as I said, you know, the rules are the rules, and we accept those," he added on the subject.

"And sometimes we agree, sometimes we disagree, but we have to accept it, because they have all the all the power to make those decisions and the understanding of the rules.

"But as I said, I have the hardest penalty in the last two events in Australia, and in China. So it's good to make sure that everything is okay, and nothing, nothing else is happening."

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