Fernando Alonso believes Jean-Eric Vergne should have given him more space when he went off the track to overtake the Toro Rosso in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Alonso came out alongside Vergne when the Ferrari rejoined following its second pit stop. As they went side by side, Alonso put all four wheels onto the asphalt run-off area through Turn 2 and emerged in front. The stewards are investigating the incident.
“Obviously, it’s always a bit of a question mark what they’ll decide,” said Alonso. “You have to leave a space when you have a car alongside. He didn’t give a space and I had to go outside of the track. He will say I went off the track to pass him, so we’ll see.”
While Vergne eventually had to pit again and finished only 17th, Alonso battled through to fifth, having only been 11th in qualifying.
“Obviously we lost a little time in traffic, but fourth place was 20 seconds in front of us, so I think fifth was the maximum possible,” Alonso said. “We had one Mercedes in front, one behind, and one Lotus in front, one behind, so we minimized the loss in the constructors’.”