F1 superstar Fernando Alonso accuses FIA of 'incompetence'

Fernando Alonso accuses FIA of ‘incompetence’ and lacking knowledge of racing after suffering five-second time penalty during Miami Grand Prix

  • Fernando Alonso has hit out against the FIA following the Miami Grand Prix 
  • The Spaniard place 11th after being penalised with a five-second time penalty 
  • Alonso accused Formula 1’s governing body of ‘incompetence’ in the aftermath
  • The Alpine driver also critiqued general professionalism at the event 

Alpine driver Fernando Alonso has accused the FIA of ‘incompetence’ and lacking in race knowledge following his five-second time penalty in the Miami Grand Prix.

The two-time Formula One world champion initially finished ninth at the inaugural race at the International Autodrome circuit – but was moved to 11th after suffering a time penalty.

The Spaniard has now hit back at the governing body and accused them of ‘incompetence’ and critiqued the general standard of the event. 

Fernando Alonso has accused the FIA of ‘incompetence’ after the Miami Grand Prix

Alonso said: ‘We believe it was very unfair and incompetence from the stewards.

‘They were not very professional. I missed one corner and gave back the time. They saw the pink colour [for fastest] on the next sector and took it without asking for proof.

‘We arrived back with the proofs and they were packing up, not even in the room. We showed them the data and they found themselves with their hands tied because they had already issued the penalty. 

‘It was very bad. It is something that should not happen in F1 with the professionalism and the standards F1 has right now.’

The Spaniard placed 11th at the International Autodrome circuit after suffering a time penalty

The Spaniard continued to suggest that there is need for improvement amongst the FIA after  former race director Michael Masi failed to apply the rules directly in last season’s controversial championship finale.

Alonso said: ‘We saw a couple of things already that showed we still need to improve a lot.

‘You need to have some knowledge about racing before being a race director or trying to monitor a race and I don’t think that knowledge is in place at the moment.

‘There is a new race director here. Freitas has a lot more experience at World Endurance Championship and the top level and that will already improve things.

‘Even the accident we had in Miami with Carlos and Esteban, we pushed to have some barriers there and nobody did anything. When you don’t have that knowledge of racing, it is difficult to talk.’

Alonso insists he gave back the time after cutting a corner but the FIA viewed it differently

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