“Surely the Most Worrying Thing”: Fernando Alonso Wary of FIA Race Directors Amidst Poor 2022 F1 Showing

Published 05/19/2022, 4:41 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 9, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Fernando Alonso recently clarified his stance on the new race directors and stewards. He presented his point of view and claimed that improvements should be in progress.

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Alonso’s last race was not the most pleasing where he was left out of points. Moreover, the Miami Asphalt troubled him and fellow drivers consistently as they tried getting past the situation.

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A two-time world champion, Alonso has tried putting in marvelous performances for team Alpine. From fighting teammate Esteban Ocon for a P5 to producing incredible top-charting sectors right before a crash, the Spaniard has tried his best. Despite that, he has only scored two points and while he looked to redeem himself in Miami; the attempt was unsuccessful.

Fernando Alonso is concerned with the Race Direction

Further, the Spaniard also feels that the stewards and race directors have not settled in well. The driver is clearly not happy with some situations and believes they need more time. He claimed, “Surely the most worrying thing is the Race Direction and the stewards. With all the changes that have taken place, they have not adapted very well, and it is a concern for all the driver’s right now.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso before the race REUTERS/Rula Rouhana

The 40-year-old was particularly critical of the Miami track. Though the GP created an incredible buzz and attracted many people to the sport, drivers critiqued it for the chicane and the Asphalt situation was problematic. Alonso explained, “We have to give Miami time. The weekend was very good in general for F1, with the expectation and the guests that there were, that shows the growth of popularity in the United States.”

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“I give it a good grade, although I’m sure there are things to improve and tweak after the experience in the first race. That happens in all circuits.”

Miami was a pointless run for the Spaniard

For a first-time circuit, Miami proved to be fairly good. Despite criticisms, the F1 fraternity seemingly enjoyed their time, with the weekend turning out to be one of a kind. Alonso, however, faced bad luck, as FIA penalized him for causing a collision with Pierre Gasly. Later on, the Spaniard cut the chicane twice, calling a post-race investigation.

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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