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Alonso lashes out at Magnussen's racecraft

  • Published on 01 Oct 2017 13:11
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Fernando Alonso has slammed Kevin Magnussen's racecraft, claiming that drivers are unanimous in believing he lacks an ability to race fairly. Alonso was left disgruntled after he attempted to overtake Magnussen on lap 33.

Alonso was able to complete the move but was forced onto the kerb on the entry to Turn 2 by Magnussen, with the pair making contact. Alonso was then heard shouting over the radio, complaining about the Dane's attempts stay ahead.

Speaking to press after the race, Alonso said that all drivers agree that they find it hard to race fairly with the 24-year-old: "For his driving, we more or less agree with the other drivers, it's 19-1."

Alonso had a tough race after starting from inside the top 10. The Spaniard claims that all his pace was lost after he dropped a couple of places on the first lap and couldn't overtake with his Honda engine. He crossed the line in eleventh, just missing out on his third points finish of the year.

"It was a tough race today. From the very beginning, at the second corner, the two Williams touched in front of me, and made me lose a few positions. As a result, we ended up in the secondary group, running a little slower than our true pace, and could not overtake.

"So I lost a lot of time, and that really compromised our race. A shame, definitely not one of our best races today. But we’ll have better days and, hopefully in Japan, we’ll come back with stronger form, and I’ll be able to add my contribution to the constructors’ championship on Honda’s home ground.

"Having scored points at this track and at Singapore, two very different circuits, is really good for the team. I hope we can continue scoring more points in the remaining races."

 

Fergal Walsh

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  • Magnussen does seem to be gaining a reputation

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    • Oct 1 2017 - 13:23
    • Kevin

      Posts: 4,597

      With good reason imo. He doesn't race fair, and is always there when mayhem takes place.

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      • Oct 1 2017 - 14:20
  • Freguz

    Posts: 160

    F1 always needs a bad guy, from Maldonade for many years, and 1 year it was Romain, and recently not clear who has the relay baton, sometimes Perez and sometimes also Max, but it seems like Kevin has the bad guy. It is a dark side of the sport, this bully thing going on. I have seen many ”fine” drivers making ugly moves over the years.

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    • Oct 1 2017 - 16:50
  • mbmwe36

    Posts: 533

    Alonso needs to STFU. Had Magnussen pulled that stunt that Alonso did, he would've been punished for sure. But Alonso seems to be off limits when it comes to repercussions from the stewards. I think it was last year in Texas that he cut damn near every corner possible, without any repercussions.

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    • Oct 1 2017 - 18:34
  • Jutlandia

    Posts: 190

    For many years Alonso has been used to other (and slower) drivers just giving way when he came close to them. Most other drivers had a (to) big respect for him and he used that.
    For the last 3 seasons he has been en a lousy car and other drivers dosen't just move away when he is close.
    GET USED TO IT, LITTLE FERNANDO

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    • Oct 1 2017 - 20:49
  • It's true Magnussen has sometimes been pushing things too far recently, but I really don't see what he did wrong yesterday. He left enough room for Alonso on the inside, who subsequently drove him very wide. www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEO7v5U4v5k

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    • Oct 2 2017 - 09:58
  • last time i checked, these are professionals paid to race. Alonso might need to be reminded of it.

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    • Oct 3 2017 - 00:13
  • Terning

    Posts: 2

    It's funny when Alonso is "under fire" it's everyone elses fault, not he's. But when something is being done to him, it's again not he's fault. I have allways seen Alonso as one of the alltime greats, but I have lost so much respect for him, he's turned into a little cry baby (sadly) But I can understand they frustrations he's been on the last 3 years, with McLaren Honda. And I think it's funny that everyone is after Mag, and Sainz for driving too "hard". Have everybody forgotten Shumi back in the day, or Hamilton he's first year. You need to put your foot down a some point, because someone like Alonso belives he has a right to pass anybody without them fightning back.

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    • Oct 3 2017 - 08:38

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