Fernando Alonso, Alpine, Bahrain International Circuit, 2022

The other dissenting voice among the drivers as F1 awaits Abu Dhabi report

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Today, almost 100 days since the 2021 Formula 1 season ended in bitter acrimony at Yas Marina, the FIA is due to finally reveal the findings of its investigation into the handling of the now-notorious Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Over a month has passed since the governing body of motorsport confirmed the key outcomes of the inquiry. These include dividing the race director role between two people, adding a permanent senior advisor and introducing a virtual race control room.

The FIA has also replaced F1 race director Michael Masi, who made the contentious call to restart the race on the final lap after only moving a portion of the lapped cars out of the way, and having brought the Safety Car in a lap earlier than specified by the rules.

Finally, this week it emerged the FIA has revised the rule which previously stated “any cars that have been lapped by the leader will be required to pass the cars on the lead lap and the safety car.” The regulation, which for one race Masi interpreted in a manner contrary to his own past interpretation, now refers to “all cars”.

Because the controversy swung the outcome of the world championship on the final lap of the season, it has inevitably been seen through the perspective of how it affected the contenders, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Their views of the FIA’s impending analysis were predictable. Hamilton spoke about the need for transparency; Verstappen said there was no need for the full report on the matter to be published.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Bahrain International Circuit, 2022
Verstappen sees no need for a “full report” on Abu Dhabi
Among the remaining drivers, much the same view came back repeatedly during yesterday’s press conferences. As was the case after last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix, where the stewards surprised many by waving ‘play on’ after Verstappen ran Hamilton clean off the road, driver after driver called for clarifications and explanations over Abu Dhabi. Unsurprisingly, given that three months have passed since that race, many of those also indicated they were keen to move on from the row soon afterwards.

The reaction of the other drivers was a reminder the controversy affected more than just the title contenders. Others were disadvantaged. Carlos Sainz Jnr, who took third in Abu Dhabi, said on Thursday the unprecedented circumstances of the restart cost him a chance to fight for his first win.

In one of yesterday’s four conferences covering all 20 competitors, Pierre Gasly insisted “we need transparency and we need clarity to know what to expect.”

“What’s done is done,” he continued. “Whether it was the right thing or wrong thing, it’s important for us drivers going forward to learn how these situations are going to be treated and to know what to expect. The sooner we can get this information, the better.”

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Next to speak was Lance Stroll, who pressed the point harder than most. “I think there needs to be absolute consistency and clarity in the rules,” said the Aston Martin driver, one of the trio who was told not to unlap himself while the cars between Hamilton and Verstappen were moved aside in Abu Dhabi. “What happened was unacceptable.”

Carlos Sainz Jnr, Ferrari, Bahrain International Circuit, 2022
Sainz says he lost a chance to win in Abu Dhabi
However there was one notable dissenter who did not belong to the Red Bull or Mercedes camps: Fernando Alonso, who spoke shortly after Stroll.

“No, I don’t think we need to read anything,” said two-times world champion and second most experienced racer in F1 history.

“It’s done, it’s over already. There are many race direction decisions that we can understand or we cannot understand sometimes and always we move on and this time, it’s no different.”

Asked to elaborate on his views Alonso said: “I don’t know. I honestly don’t care, either.

“It was what it was, you know. Right or wrong, in that moment race direction felt right. Over the season, in 21 races there are always decisions that we could agree with, or maybe we don’t agree and we never have to study anything in detail.

“So there are different rules, I think, this year for Safety Cars and lapped cars and things like that. So as usual we move on and let’s see. Also this year, track limits are different so there is a normal evolution in the sport.”

On the face of it, this apparent reticence seems at odds with many comments Alonso made last year. Time and again the Alpine driver voiced his dissatisfaction with how F1’s rules has been applied by Masi and his team.

Fernando Alonso, Alpine, Red Bull Ring, 2021
Alonso criticised race control in Austria
In Austria one of Alonso’s qualifying runs was ruined when he came upon Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin, which was being held up by a train of other cars. He criticised stewards for not obeying the letter of the rules by only punishing Vettel and not those ahead of him.

“There was a rule in place this weekend that you cannot slow down from [turns] nine to 10,” said Alonso. “So when you see now 12 cars in front of Sebastian at 5kph between nine and 10, in my opinion, that’s a penalty for 12 cars.”

At the same track, which held two races last year, Alonso was twice infuriated to see other drivers gain an advantage on him at the start by running wide at the first corner. Again he fumed at race control for failing to apply the rules as he understood them.

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Around this time Alonso vowed he would stop complaining about the application of the rules after the fact and take matters into his own hands. “We tried to be fair and we tried to say the referee, ‘look they are playing with their hands in the penalty area’,” he said. “But if the referee is doing nothing, we understand that we can play also with the hands in the penalty area.”

He made good on his promise at the Russian Grand Prix, launching his car onto the turn two run-off area at the start and taking full advantage of a much swifter run to the next corner than he would otherwise have enjoyed. “He obviously felt at times this year that he was hard done by people gaining an advantage” observed Daniel Ricciardo afterwards.

After his public resolution to no longer be a pushover, Alonso started arguing the toss on the radio too. If Red Bull and Mercedes put the most pressure on Masi last year, Alonso was a close third.

At the Circuit of the Americas he was mystified by the stewards’ willingness to let Raikkonen overtake him off-track on the outside of turn one. He urged his race engineer Karel Loos to raise the matter with race control and reacted angrily when he was told Raikkonen would not be penalised.

Drawn into a fight with the other Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi, Alonso deliberately ran off the track to keep his position at one point. Meanwhile Alpine’s Alan Permane disputed the Raikkonen decision with Masi.

Michael Masi, Imola, 2021
Masi has been replaced as race director
By the time F1 arrived in Abu Dhabi it was clear Alonso’s patience with race control had run out. He found himself embroiled in another row over impeding in qualifying.

At the end of his first season back in F1 for two years, Alonso said the standard of rules enforcement in F1 was “definitely much worse than in 2018.” That was the last year under Masi’s predecessor, Charlie Whiting, who died on the eve of the following season.

So when Nicholas Latifi spun his Williams into the turn 16 barrier and inadvertently set in motion the sequence of events which would lead to a deeply controversial call by race control which swung the outcome of the world championship, it wasn’t just Red Bull who were lobbying Masi to let some cars unlap themselves. Alonso, a lapped ninth, was trailling Norris who had race leader Hamilton ahead of him, and began urging his team to help him get his lap back:

AlonsoI think we need to unlap ourselves so what do we do?
LoosNot yet, let’s wait for race control to give that instruction.
AlonsoYeah we should unlap and get the job done until they retire [Latifi’s] car because if not it’s going to be too late.
LoosCopy that.
AlonsoI mean, they need to start the procedure now so meanwhile they clear the up car, they pick the car. And we are ready to go.
LoosOkay. We’re going to do some brake and tyre warming. We’ve got margin for that.
AlonsoYeah, come on, unlap the guys and next lap it’s green. Or, in two laps’ time.
LoosSo he’s not going to allow us to unlap ourselves.
Alonso(Laughs) Understood.
LoosOkay so we’ve got Verstappen in P2 he’s about you. four cars behind
AlonsoYeah and he should be two cars in front of me.
LoosSo at the end of this lap, two laps remaining.

Alonso demonstrated his excellent knowledge of the rule book at this point. When the sudden call was made to let five of the eight lapped cars unlap themselves on the penultimate tour, he knew that under the rules the Safety Car had to stay out for one further lap, and therefore they wouldn’t have a chance to race at the restart.

To his surprise, the Safety Car was called in anyway, a lap earlier than it should have been:

AlonsoSafety Car has the green light
LoosYep you can overtake. Norris is first.
AlonsoYeah, but this has to be done two laps ago. Unbelievable.
LoosJust keep the speed up because they might call the Safety Car in this lap. Okay Safety Car is in this lap, so.
AlonsoOkay, copy. So I can’t go flat out?
LoosNo overtaking yet until the control line.

By his own admission, Alonso’s attitude to race control changed over the course of 2021. He grew frustrated at seeing others bypass what he felt were firm rules, weary of trying to urge race control to take a firmer stance, and began lobbying race control in the same way the title contenders did.

For him, like the title rivals, this was a logical reaction to the rules becoming increasingly malleable. He pursued every possible avenue for advantage, which is precisely what his team pays him to do.

So it is perhaps to be expected he would sympathise with whoever did the best job of lobbying Masi. But whatever the FIA reveals today, a revolution has swept through race control in the off-season, and it will be fascinating to observe how this formidable competitor handles the new regime.

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57 comments on “The other dissenting voice among the drivers as F1 awaits Abu Dhabi report”

  1. Why is Alonso’s remarks at odds with he’s said before? He acknowledges that there’re race decisions you might not agree with but you’ve got to move on. So, no inconsistency here.

    1. Well, it’s Alonso and it’s British media. What else did you expect? Literally a full article analyzing previous statements to try and make Alonso look like a hypocrite or at least biased against Hamilton.

      It’s a narrative that they will never let die, Alonso hates Hamilton and Hamilton hates Alonso. It’s so played out

      1. I was waiting for the reference to their ‘rivalry’ from 2007….

      2. Anything written on an f1 site that doesn’t back such an such is ‘british media bias’. Very tired and dull.. i’d not call it an argument as that raises your point above what it is

      3. +1. Alonso called out this UK bias and will continue to do so as he has experienced exactly what they are trying to do to Max at the moment (F1 is far from a global sport, it just races in multiple countries) and that is not appreciated. I saw a line-up of a Golf tournament preceding this GP and the names on the list (apart from some drivers being non British) were all British. There is very little diversity. FIA should take note and work on this.

    2. Alonsos negativeness against Hamilton was not known up until last year. It’s so obvious that he is doing everything to support Max, and it’s obvious why. I knew that he couldn’t resist. He is so happy that there was a young guy finally challenging lewis. It’s like alonsos redemption.

    3. Exactly what I was thinking when i read that line. If they want to investigate what happened in abu dhabi, they should investigate every single decision last season.

      1. Exactly but they only jump on Mercedes / toto requests.
        Another milking article.
        Interesting read some analysis about the way rt pushes narratives. Exactly the same method we see here about the outcome of the championship.
        Write an seemingly objective article but do not forget to put in the narrative you wanted to push.

      2. That too. Plus I can think of a number of non-racing elements that need to be investigated as well. Like tyre compound changes mid season, pit stop changes, wing regulation. It was one of the most scrypted seasons in F1’s history. Why just look at the last race in which a British driver was disadvantaged?

    4. And Alonso betrayed his team, got them a $100 mill fine (when McLaren backed HAM – correctly too I’d say). Find it incredible he was ever employed thereafter. Can’t agree he’s an all time great. Good, very good but not great, great opportunist but so are many others. Doubt he’s still sore about HAM in 2007. These are pro drivers. Don’t or shouldn’t spend much time negavtiely dwelling on the past. Does have some weird obsession with Renault though. Only team who consistently rate him perhaps.

  2. Yeah everybody is obsessed over the ”any” and ”all” and they view Masi’s decision in favor of Verstappen. It turns out that the decision to forbid the unlapped cars to do anything is much weirder, but since it privileges hamilton, not much is said about hmmmmm.

    1. So, Masi was supposed to tell cars to unlap themselves even though marshals had to return to the track to deal with the brake fire on Latifi’s car?

      Are you seriously trying to claim that Masi should have just ignored the safety requirements of the marshals? Many here were extremely critical of him allowing cars to unlap themselves when marshals were still on track in similar circumstances – in saying that cars shouldn’t unlap themselves until the track was fully clear, he was doing what many here had said he should.

      1. So, Masi was supposed to tell cars to unlap themselves even though marshals had to return to the track to deal with the brake fire on Latifi’s car?
        Yes, of course.

      2. No, he was supposed to wait until it was safe to do an unlapping operation (if he chose to do one – last year’s rules also permitted releasing the cars without any unlapping procedure at all), then tell all lapped cars to unlap themselves.

  3. No surprise here. Off cause Alonso will agree with Max. It is about Lewis. I have no doubt he will also would have agreed with Max if the decision of the last race went against Max and Max has call for the investigation to be made public.

  4. Alonso hates Lewis since Hamilton joined as a rookie and immediately beat him. It has little to do with the actual rules for him. Its about Lewis being beaten.

  5. RocketTankski
    19th March 2022, 7:38

    Cheeky Fernando is no stranger to a bit of controversy and drama. He loves it :-)

  6. ALO knows he is pretty much on the same level as HAM. Some pundits and fans will rate one above the other, but in 2007 they drew on points.

    Since that season HAM has gone on to win 7 titles, but despite his best efforts ALO has failed to add to his 2 championships.

    I can’t help thinking ALO must be a little bitter about this. Had his teammate at McLaren in 2007 been De La Rosa or almost anyone else he would have won 2007 and 2008 too. Had he chosen to go to Red Bull instead of returning to Renault the four titles VET won there could have been his. It’s not hard to see how he could have been an 8 time champion by 2013.

    Whilst he had openly praised HAM, he has also remarked “let’s see how he does without a great car”. I think this was whilst he was trundling around in the McLaren or return to Renault years.

    So ALO has some understandable bitterness to HAM. He knows had circumstances been different he would be the statistical GOAT, instead of HAM.

    And that’s why he sides with VER.

    1. If you went to job interviews you know that the most important thing to companies are your character and how you behave, and then comes the ability to do you job.

      Even if alonso is on par with hamilton he has this very disruptive character, that not only scared mercedes away (their history) but also RBR.

      Alonso will never be mentioned among greats. Even though he is better than Vettel, vettel deserved to be amoung greats.

      1. I disagree, alonso is easily in a top 10 of all times list, mathematical models show this very clearly, vettel isn’t (at least not ranked better than alonso).

        1. All math models rank ALO way above HAM btw, and no bias there, just the facts

      2. Actually Alonso is one of the few drivers to be resigned by a team. In fact multiple times by Renault, and by McLaren even after he fell out with them in 2007.

        Therefore he cannot be such a divisive figure as the British press make out.

        As per my comments above he could easily be the GOAT statistically had things gone differently in 2007. Had he driven a merc from 2014 onwards he could even be on 13/14 titles!

      3. Lotsa people still believe that silly narrative, which is no surprise. There’s lotsa flat-earthers also

      4. the most important thing to companies are your character and how you behave

        vettel deserved to be among greats

        You think Vettel is well-behaved?!
        Out of frustration he wheel-banged Hamilton on track!
        I lost all my respect for Seb that day.

        And Verstappen doesn’t have a respectable personality either, yet he signed a championship-chasing deal with Red Bull for years to come…

        I will hereby mention Fernando Alonso as one of the all-time greatest drivers.

  7. As long as rules are written ambiguously, they can and will be interpreted in different ways.

    It caused controversy in the first race of the season, and in multiple races after that.

    The only thing you can do is write rules that are unambiguous. Lawmakers have been trying to do that for thousands of years and it has sprouted a very lucrative business of/for lawyers.

  8. Bit of a much ado about nothing, the way I read it Alonso is saying it’s over now, it’s done, the rules have already been changed and so time to move on. What’s the point in asking the drivers opinions now, the day before the season starts, FIA has already made their actions, as he says, time to move forward and see what happens in the future.

    There’s no point analysing the end of last season ad nauseum, what matters is moving forward the rules are followed.

    1. But it is the only thing UK press can do since Lewis didn’t win last year and this year is obviously almost a second of pace (he said it himself, and they never lie about that, never!)

      The title is between a Dutch guy, a Mexican, a Frenchman and a Spaniard. They can’t seriously root for one of those?

  9. On the face of it, this apparent reticence seems at odds with many comments Alonso made last year

    The point is that the race direction and the stewards were a joke last year. All the drivers – Hamilton and Verstappen included – were affected more or less with their inconsistency and sometimes incompetence. Though, I’m not surprised by Alonso’s attitude not to ride the waive and follow the narrative of the biased British medias that Lewis was robbed by Masi on purpose. He has already described F1 as a British environment.

    Alonso himself was given a drive-through penalty for cutting a corner in the 2010 British GP after being pushed by Kubica. Ferrari’s pit wall at the time contacted Whiting to ask him if Alonso should gave the place back or not, Whiting didn’t revert back and after Kubica has retired, he reported Alonso to the steward who gave him a drive through penalty. Not to mention the farcical handling of the SC in the European GP the same year which costed Alonso a podium. Strangely no one from the same moralists asking for justice talked about how Alonso was robbed that year.

    The matter has escalated only because of the pressure Mercedes and Hamilton exerted through their powerful PR machines. No one would care if it was Yuki Tsunoda, Alex Albon, Sergio Perez… instead of Hamilton.

    1. Noframingplease (@)
      19th March 2022, 11:07

      @tifoso1989 I couldn’t describe it better!

  10. I don’t see any inconsistency in his comments. Is a new season and this discussion is getting old.
    He just does not see the point to keep discussing specially on the verge of a new session.

  11. What you are all seem to be forgetting no matter what Alonso or anyone else says, Lewis Hamilton was robbed of of his 8th title by Verstappen, he cheated to become world champion but that’s Verstappen all over, yes maybe he is a good driver but not seen anything in all his time in F1 to show he is that good, he is a bully on the track & cries like a baby when things don’t go is way. The thing is Verstappen is a cheat, cannot win a race fairly, he knows he cannot beat Hamilton & never be has good has him, he does not have the F1 brain that Hamilton has got, he does not have the knowledge on how to make his car better but don’t have to look to far to see why Verstappen is the way he is, it’s all down one person & that is dad, he would be a better person & driver if his dad was not around because we know Verstappen doesn’t like to hear it but his dad is ruining his F1 career. Then you throw Horner into the mix, this is a grown family man who acts like a child & he knows all about cheating!, he should not be in F1, he is an embarrassment to F1, he would of done anything & properly did to make Verstappen world champion because he knew there was a chance he was losing his job at Red Bull if he didn’t bring the championship home 2021, Horner like Verstappen is a bully that’s why they get on so well & deep down Horner knows that Hamilton is one of the greatest British F1 drivers that’s as ever walked into F1 & he knows no matter what he says it’s not about always having the fastest car, it’s about the hard work Hamilton has put in to get where he is today, he also knows if he had Hamilton in one of his Red Bull cars they would of been winning titles years ago! What happened last season is never going to go away, it’s all part of F1 history now but I hope in time it is seen that Verstappen & Horner cheated to win the title & that Verstappen was not man enough to stand up & say I didn’t win that title fairly & that last race should of been re-run to make it fair but we all know that’s never going to happen but to me Verstappen is a cheat & the last race of the season was a fixed for Verstappen to become world champion & one day the truth about what really took place at the last race of 2021 will be leaked out & it be a big shock to everyone because this report now should just be taken with a pinch of salt!!!!

  12. So all lapped cars may overtake is a clear advantage for Hamilton again. Lucky again.

  13. People tend to forget the manipulation Alonso had to go through in 2007 with a british race director breaking rules left, right and center. All so that the british rookie could keep fighting for the championship, bringing with him more fans and money.
    A crane lifting Hamilton’ car, Alonso’s penalty in Hungary or Hamilton causing an accident behind the safety car are just a few examples of the biggest manipulation in F1 history! Mind you there was no drive to survive at that point!
    At that point the extraordinary (making the rules on the spot) became ordinary. Now the tables have turned, the same things are happening, same manipulation but two things are different though! Hamilton is not the one benefited from it and the british media are against those decisions they used to defend!

  14. I read a report somewhere that most people have got over Masi’s ‘rewriting of the rules’ and are looking forward to the new season. I however feel cheated by the whole Abu Dhabi fiasco and for the first time since starting to follow F1 in the 60s really can’t get interested the 2022 season. The FIA have found it necessary to tweak the rules when you couldn’t have had a much more exciting season than last year, and have taken until qualifying for the first GP in a new season to deem it necessary to issue their report. Certain parts of the press are obsessed by the relationship between V and H and any other number of people/authorities – I say get a grip on the rules, stop messing about with car regulations and LET THE DRIVERS RACE. Come on F1, give me something to fire up my interest again! Let’s hope Bahrain will do just that…..

  15. I agree with him tho. How many times have we had a “full report” on anything? There was no full report after Jeddah …

    1. Noframingplease (@)
      19th March 2022, 11:09

      @Fer no.65 Indeed, nor a full report of Silverstone

  16. during a whole season there have been many decisions that were debatable, each of them affecting the final points tally. Only because of the added drama of it being the final race of the season, it is under this ridiculous magnifying glass. Stop it already! As mentioned above – if you want to look at this particular decision, you should also look into every other decision affecting the point of HAM and VER. And don’t get me started on previous seasons’ decisions :)
    Agree with Alonso here.

  17. So Alonso has a different opinion.
    Only two options seem to exist here.
    1 he is anti Hamilton so logical to defend.
    2 he is pro ver because he is anti Hamilton.
    Some “arguments” to paint the opinion and again the poor Hamilton narrative.
    Let’s move on.. Even the appalling behavior by Lewis in Silverstone is history. We do not forget but get on with it.
    It’s a new season so let’s focus on that.
    I guess if Hamilton already wad the normal 2 seconds faster then the competition the story would be different.

  18. I have an opinion
    19th March 2022, 10:23

    Don’t dwell on Abu Dhabi 2021.
    Don’t dwell on Singapore 2008.

    1. 100%

  19. What, people do not remember the CWA/FBA in this website from the times Ferrari and Alonso were serious championship challengers (compulsory weekly Alonso/Ferrari bashing article, you are welcome)

  20. very typical british media, hamilton won 2008 wdc just because renault cheated and cost a win to massa that year in singapore gp. that race was immediately forgotten by british media, but on this one, they keep sobbing like little girls. actually i did not suprised a bit. please cry me a river , cry more please.

    1. Yes, I remember Massa at the time saying Singapore should be investigated and that it cost him. I felt bad for him at the time as it was a cruel way to lose and then the whole crashgate thing just seemed to rub it in. Nothing to do with Lewis of course, as he said about Max in Abu Dhabi, if you have the opportunity as a driver you go for it.

  21. From now on I expect full scale investigation for every race where we have some kind of a dispute, last race is as important as any other, I hope Abu Dhabi report also contains Hamilton not giving position back.in lap one.

    1. And you will obviously want Max investigated for leaving the track when acting as the safety car at Imola. I seem to recall the rules on no sudden/unexpected movements when acting as the safety car are quite prescriptive.

      1. Is that really the best you can find? Sad..

  22. I also hope that investigation covered every single decision during the season.

  23. it looks like everything that has been said is taken out of context. For exampe: Sainz says he lost a chance to win in Abu Dhabi. So does that mean he agreed with restarting the race or not? If not he wouldn’t have lost the change to win. So he thinks the race restart was oke but all the cars should be allowed to unlap? probaby that is the same stanpoint of Vettel and Alonso.

  24. If you read the driver comments, very driver wants consistent rules. Specifically track limits and how they are used for race pace and overtaking. This is the seasons long issue that makes their daily life hard.

    Not that many are hung up about the specific unlapping decision. It’s just one call that they agree or disagree with. It is highly unlikely to ever happen again.

  25. Alonso demonstrated his excellent knowledge of the rule book at this point. When the sudden call was made to let five of the eight lapped cars unlap themselves on the penultimate tour, he knew that under the rules the Safety Car had to stay out for one further lap, and therefore they wouldn’t have a chance to race at the restart.

    To his surprise, the Safety Car was called in anyway, a lap earlier than it should have been:

    0a very imaginative paragraph considering what is actually said on the radio messages.

  26. You have to take what Alonso says with a pinch of salt because he absolutely hates Hamilton. If it disadvantaged Hamilton it’s good to Alonso.

    Masi changing the rules and denying Lewis his rightful 8th title no doubt pleased Alonso.

    1. You are to much under the influe2of Netflix like articles.
      Alonso does not “hate”.

  27. I discussed this with some friends after the race last year. The way that each of us interpreted the event didn’t come down to which driver each of us supported but instead came down to each person’s general worldview. Those of us who had a more “ordered” and systematic worldview fell on Hamilton’s side, those who had a more chaotic “no plan survives contact with the enemy” fell on Verstappen’s side. I mainly fall in the former camp, but more people than I would have expected had the second view.

    Drivers will be the same, and the way that Alonso and Verstappen drive and generally behave suggests that they are more on the side of chaos even prior to this event. There are undoubtedly some ambivalent feelings and other motivations in place with these two and Hamilton, but my intuition is that it’s as much about their personalities as it is malicious.

    1. It’s always handy to make use of simple stickers to place and reserve the “best” for yourself :)

  28. Coventry Climax
    19th March 2022, 14:43

    Over the past couple of months, you’ve constantly been using wording to reflect your personal disagreement with how the last race was handled and with what the outcome of it was. Here, you do it again, e.g. with wording such as ‘bitter acrimony’, and it seeps through in this entire article again.
    Stop that! It has been going on too long now and is, in my opinion, unworthy of both you and Racefans. Don’t get me wrong, I otherwise admire the both.
    Yes, it draws a lot of reactions, yet, if it was possible, I’d click ‘Report’ on this article, just for the repeated tone of it.
    Stop lowering yourself to the biassed standards you claim to dislike.
    Alonso apparently can get over it, why can’t you? It’s not like there’s equal things at stake for the both of you.
    Get it behind you and continue with what you claim to do and -I still think so- are good at; independent F1 journalism.

    1. People cannot get it behind themselves, because it was so blatant FIA cheating what happened in Abu Dhabi.

  29. The most biased Lewis Hamilton fan boy article I’ve ever read. This is written like some kind of evidence based legal document….no mention of Lewis penalties but detailed insight into Max’s with quotes to back up the narrative. Not a very good read to be honest.

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