Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says that Fernando Alonso is in no position to criticise other drivers following the current career situation the Spaniard finds himself in. Alonso and Kevin Magnussen were involved in an incident during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday.
As the drivers were gearing up for their final laps at the end of Q2, Magnussen passed Alonso into the final corner, before Alonso sped up to try and re-take the track position. Both men were on their final hot lap as they went side-by-side into the first corner, wrecking both of their laps.
Alonso criticised both Magnussen and his teammate Romain Grosjean, who was uninvolved in the incident: "There are many classes of drivers and then there are the Haas ones, who have the third or fourth-best car of the grid and are out in Q2."
Steiner has lashed back at Alonso, stating that the double-world champion has no place to criticise other drivers due to where Alonso is in his career. The Spaniard has failed to win a race since 2013 having had a lack of competitive cars.
"Fernando went to McLaren. McLaren shouldn't be fighting to get out of Q1," Steiner said on Saturday. "So, I cannot help him there. I didn't make the decisions. He can talk for himself not for the others, that's a good starting point in life.
Steiner admits that he feared an accident when Magnussen and Grosjean emerged from the garage behind Alonso: "I saw them [Haas drivers] going out behind Alonso and that was like, 'Here we go...' but you don't want to say anything because it seems like you're paranoid, and then it happened.
"I think there is a trend there, but I think Alonso had nothing to lose and we had something to lose. On [Alonso's] best day, today, they couldn't catch us. Even with the best slipstream ever it was impossible for him to catch him. If Kevin passed him before the Parabolica he must have had a reason."
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