Formula 1

Fernando Alonso annoyed fellow drivers at the Suzuka.

Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, and Daniel Ricciardo discuss Fernando Alonso

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Remember the Japanese Grand Prix last weekend?

Where Fernando Alonso ignored blue flag warnings and refused to let Lewis Hamilton past.

Well, now we know what the drivers thought of it following the race at Suzuka, and it’s safe to say that Hamilton was not impressed with the Spaniard’s conduct.

Following the race, Hamilton, Max Verstappen, and Daniel Ricciardo were speaking in the medical room when the 32-year-old Brit made his feelings clear – it’s safe to say that he was not impressed.

You can see the video of the three drivers discussing the Alonso incident further down this article.

Fernando Alonso had penalty points placed on his license and received a reprimand for ignoring the blue flags when he was being lapped by Britain’s Lewis Hamilton.

At the time, the FIA said that the Spaniard had ignored the international sporting card which states that a driver must allow the lapping car to overtake at the earliest opportunity – something McLaren-Honda’s Alonso apparently ignored.

“The drivers have been told in drivers' briefings that the provisions of the International Sporting Code, that they must allow the following car to pass at the earliest opportunity means that they should do this for lapping cars regardless of their current battle.

Watch what the drivers had to say in the video below.

“Stewards concluded that Alonso did not do this. Alonso noted in the hearing that there was an opportunity allow Hamilton to pass on the front straight, but not thereafter until Turn 11.

“The Stewards accepted that there are limited safe places to let a car past between Turns 2 and 9 which contributed to the length of time it took to allow Hamilton past,” the FIA statement said.

Regardless of the FIA’s assessment of the Spaniard's actions at Suzuka, they are certainly not in adherence to the sporting ethics and conduct expected of F1 drivers.

Alonso can count himself very lucky.

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Topics:
Fernando Alonso
Max Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari
Max Verstappen
Formula 1
Mercedes
Daniel Ricciardo

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