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Alonso 'shocked' by F1 decision: They did three laps just to give points

The two-time Formula 1 World Champion thought the sport's decision to run two laps behind the Safety Car at the end of the Belgian Grand Prix was a "strange" choice.

Fernando Alonso believes Formula 1's decision to award points for the Belgian Grand Prix was not right because it was a "non-race". The start of Sunday's race at Spa-Francorchamps was initially delayed by half an hour before two attempts were made to start the race, with a gap of nearly three hours between them. On the final attempt, at 18:17 local time, two laps were held behind the Safety Car, which was enough for half points to be awarded to the top 10 drivers. Therefore, race-winner Max Verstappen earned 12.5 points down to Nicholas Latifi in 10th place who received half a point. "The only thing that I don't agree with is why they do two laps and they give the points because we didn't race," Alonso told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press. "We didn't have the chance to score points, many people. I'm 11th, I didn't have any green light lap to score a point and we didn't score so that's shocking. But it's their decision. "[There] was no way we could race, as we showed. It was only [a] red-flag situation or [a] behind Safety Car situation, as we did. So how you can give points to a non-race? "They did the three laps just to give the points because the conditions were the same as before. So it was a strange show, for sure." Lewis Hamilton has called for the 75,000 spectators, who attended the race, to get their money back . Alonso also expressed his sympathy for the fans and feels that nobody could do anything about the weather. "It's a sad feeling because I think the spectators were amazing all weekend, facing some bad weather, but they were always supportive," said Alonso. "It's good to see the fans back after the pandemic. They didn't deserve this weather. It was no fault from anyone but we could not do any laps."

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