“We’ll see what happens in Turkey and what the stewards’ decisions will be, if the rider’s nationality influences the decision”. Fernando Alonso in this 2021 he is fighting a – just – crusade against the Race Direction and decisions in his opinion that are not uniform or not in line with the regulations. The Spaniard had begun to emphasize the ‘jungle’ that occurs at the start in some cases when it is possible to take advantage of an asphalt escape route at the exit of the first corner. In Austria, in particular, Alonso lost positions due to some ‘crafty’ who took advantage of the lack of grass or gravel outside Curva-1.
In Russia, however, Alonso ‘got smart’ by doing the same and not being penalized. The two-time world champion did not like that this aspect was addressed at a press conference on the eve of the Istanbul Park appointment and highlighted the fact that two weeks earlier in Sochi the regulation was not respected against Lando Norris, who was spared the penalty for crossing the pit lane line to re-enter the pit lane. The McLaren driver, with dry tires, simply had no directionality in the wet and finished long. The commissioners opted for reprimand, infuriating even the Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur.
Ironically, after the thunder on Thursday Alonso was the protagonist of extreme situations in Turkey on both Saturday and Sunday. In qualifying, the Alpine driver risked a penalty for not respecting the double yellow flag, while in the race he was hit at the first corner by Pierre Gasly and then in turn hit Mick Schumacher in battle. In both cases, the stewards opted for a five-second penalty. Michael Masi then responded to the allegations of Fernando Alonso: “The rules are applied equally to everyone. The commissioners are independent when they examine each incident, the analysis is carried out on a case-by-case basis, it is obvious that in some cases the dynamics are identical, but we must never forget that an episode is potentially unique and different from any other “.