Fernando Alonso has criticized the FIA for being “soft” in not punishing Kevin Magnussen in his battle with the Haas driver during the British Grand Prix.
The two drivers went wheel-to-wheel for a number of corners after Alonso ran wide at Luffield trying to overtake Esteban Ocon, with Magnussen taking advantage to force his way through on the exit. Alonso would later regain the position with a move at Turn 3 but believes Magnussen should have been penalized for the way he originally got ahead.
“The incident was at Turn 7 — I went around the outside and when I came back to the normal line I was pushed off, into the gravel,” Alonso said.
“We’ve been told you have to leave room for the other car but some don’t and nothing happens. And then, as we were stuck behind a big group there was no possibility to attack those at the front of that group. I think we lost at least one place, but at the end we finished ahead of Magnussen anyway.
“He fought hard, like he always does, and the FIA was a little soft, in my opinion. It was fine as in the last lap I could re-overtake him, so in the end there was maybe not a big difference in terms of position. So I’m happy for that, happy with the position, and with getting more points for the team.
“In 99 percent of those cases they penalize or make the driver give the position back, but [on Sunday] they didn’t follow that road, so we have to respect that and overtake him on the track. And that’s what we did.”
Alonso believes he would have finished higher than eighth without the incident with Magnussen, having pitted for fresh soft tires during the Safety Car period and with Nico Hulkenberg holding sixth place on the hard compound.
“I think we deserved it, in the end. Kevin pushed us off the track in Turn 7 and without that, thanks to the soft tires, we would have been able to fight with Ocon and Hulkenberg to be sixth. We were not lucky with those decisions and we had to fight back and overtake Magnussen in the last lap. Eighth place is probably not enough for the performance we had in the car.”