For Fernando Alonso, the Turkish Grand Prix immediately turned into an ordeal. The Spaniard, author of an excellent sixth time on Saturday, started from fifth place thanks to Lewis Hamilton’s retreat in eleventh place to replace the thermal unit, but when he faced the first corner he was hit in the rear left by Gasly .
Fernando spun and was relegated to the bottom of the standings. In his fury to recover, however, the two-time world champion made a mistake in turn 4.
At that moment, when he was behind Mick Schumacher, he tried to overtake the German on the inside but misjudged the situation and ended up hitting Haas number 47 and then sending her into a spin.
Fernando was punished by the stewards with a 5 ” penalty (the same penalty also applied to Gasly) and at the end of the race he wanted to publicly apologize to Schumacher for the mistake.
“I thought I had already joined him, but it was a late move and we touched. Unfortunately he spun and I got a penalty. Obviously I accept it, but I’m sorry I had a collision with him ”.
“This contact only happened because I was relegated to fourteenth position, and I shouldn’t have been there. It seems like luck is continuing to turn its back on us this year. We are probably saving some for next year ”.
Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21
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Mick, who finished the race in nineteenth position, accepted the Alpine driver’s apology and nevertheless evaluated positively the weekend in Istanbul where, surprisingly, he managed to bring his Haas to Q2 on Saturday.
“These things happen, especially in those kind of curves where it is tempting to throw yourself inside. Unfortunately it didn’t work out, but I’m looking forward ”.
“Overall I think we can be very happy with this weekend. It seemed that the gap from the other cars was smaller than usual ”.
“I don’t know if the initial spin has affected the performance of my tires. After that episode I found myself behind Nikita for some time and maybe this prevented me from fighting with Vettel, but in any case I don’t think I could have fought for the top positions ”.