Fernando Alonso says that the stewards were ‘probably not looking at the television’ after his incident with Jolyon Palmer in the Italian Grand Prix.
Palmer passed Alonso on lap 13 after cutting to the inside of the Variante della Roggia, which incensed the McLaren driver. The stewards eventually awarded Palmer a five-second time penalty on lap 18, but Alonso was unhappy about how the incident was handled.
“I think it was again not up to F1 standards,” says Alonso.
“I think there’s no interpretation there possible when two cars go into the chicane and one misses the corner and the other one does the corner. It’s black and white. There’s no interpretations. Probably today they were not looking at the television, the guys in the FIA.”
It was another frustrating weekend for Alonso and McLaren, with both cars retiring after falling backwards through the field with relatively low straight line speed.
“Some of the stakeholders were here today,” Alonso explains. “Unfortunately, we could not deliver a good result – same for Eric [Boullier] Zac [Brown], so the whole team was here. Hopefully next time we can do better for them.”
Another fruitless race weekend will add further fuel to the speculation over the future of the McLaren-Honda partnership. Alonso says he expects the team to make choices over the team’s future before the next grand prix at Singapore.
“We’ll see. I think it’s an important week for McLaren to make some decisions,” Alonso says.
“So hopefully we’ll all know something before Singapore and we can comment on it there. I need to keep looking at what possibilities are for the future and make a decision hopefully in September.”