Alonso criticises Grosjean’s “aggressive” driving

2013 Hungarian Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Hungaroring, 2013Fernando Alonso says Romain Grosjean was too aggressive at the start of the race and is pleased the Lotus driver was penalised later on.

Alonso said he knew his race hinged on making a good start: “We thought that the start was our only opportunity because we were not quick enough.”

“In the start we didn’t maximise the good start we did. Grosjean was concentrating only me, maybe he forgot that we are racing 24 [sic] cars.”

“But I was happy that he paid penalty after with Jenson* to compensate a little bit his aggressivity.”

However Alonso admitted the root of Ferrari’s problems at the Hungaroring was a lack of performance:

“At the end we didn’t have the pace. We were too slow with the soft, we were too slow with the medium. So you know we defend from Webber, from Button, from Romain at the end so we were always defending because we were too slow in the race.

“Thanks to Hamilton and to Kimi [Raikkonen] the loss in points in the championship is not so high but obviously we want to close that gap and we need to improve immediately.”

*Grosjean’s penalty was for his overtaking move on Felipe Massa.

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47 comments on Alonso criticises Grosjean’s “aggressive” driving

  1. jacob (@jack) said on 28th July 2013, 19:36

    I don’t often post here but, Alonso has no right to complain about aggressive driving as he is probably the most over-aggressive on the grid. He has absolutely no problem at all dive-bombing into the first corner, a true “turn 1 hero” if he was not so aggressive he would have won the 2012 WDC. I am tired of people treating Alonso as some sort of driving god, he should have been able to take advantage of Vettel’s bad luck (2 retirements that weren’t his fault compared to 1 for Alonso ) but he was driving to aggressively. I truly hate how Alonso plays mind games and blames his lack of success on others.

  2. jacob (@jack) said on 28th July 2013, 19:36

    I don’t often post here but, Alonso has no right to complain about aggressive driving as he is probably the most over-aggressive on the grid. He has absolutely no problem at all dive-bombing into the first corner, a true “turn 1 hero” if he was not so aggressive he would have won the 2012 WDC. I am tired of people treating Alonso as some sort of driving god, he should have been able to take advantage of Vettel’s bad luck (2 retirements that weren’t his fault compared to 1 for Alonso ) but he was driving to aggressively. I truly hate how Alonso plays mind games and blames his lack of success on others.

  3. nidzovski (@nidzovski) said on 28th July 2013, 19:53

    Maybe Romain was too aggressive with Button but what Alonso has to do with that?!? Oh he lost points to Vettel again, that’s why. It was Vattel who was to aggressive to Romain at the start for sure. And even Massa admitted that the drive through penalty was to much. It was the best drive from the Frenchman and the one that kept the fun going on today as well.

  4. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 28th July 2013, 20:27

    I’m sorry FER but you’re not going to win the WDC with stupid comments like these. Or did you not see Vettel pushing Grosjean to the edge………………….. That was naughty but fari.

    I’m rooting like mad for you but you just made a horrible mistake in my eyes. Stop being frustrated and drive harder.

    And when I finally found a driver worthy of rooting for…………

  5. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall) said on 28th July 2013, 20:33

    He was fine, it was Vettel who was pushing his luck a little.

  6. RACERNORRISKI (@racernorriski) said on 28th July 2013, 21:55

    Alonso admits he was blocking the entire race because he was too slow …. forgets that his team mate ran into the back of R. Grojean, but remembers to complain about Grojean because he passed the slow Ferrari!!!!! Grojean got screwed big time during this race but he was cool enough to accept it and come back for a good finish. Thanks, Ray

  7. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 29th July 2013, 0:29

    Alonso complaining about another driver with no good reason? Well I never…

  8. Fixy (@fixy) said on 29th July 2013, 15:43

    One more reason for me to like Massa and like Alonso less. Massa was the one who was overtaken and said it was fair, Alonso is blaming people for not laying a red carpet under his wheels when he races.

  9. Nick the Quick said on 30th July 2013, 2:21

    Not sure if you all saw what FA was refering to. On the first left hander (T2 I believe) FA managed to position himself more than 75% side by side on the outside of RG. He maintained this position all the way around the corner until RG ran all the way to the edge of the track, forcing FA off track. How is this good clean racing? If a driver can put more than 60% of his car alongside another, the other car needs to leave at least a car width of room. I realise many drivers do the same, but it’s gettng ridiculous. We’re not talking about chopping off noses, we’re talking about forcing cars who are 60% alongside off track. I encourage you all to watch it again.

    Also, I remember a lot of similar anti FA views last year after the Suzuka race involving KR. Kimi had a nose (not even front tires equal to rear tires) on the outside of FA. Everybody seemed to blame FA for not leaving KR a lane around the outside. I’m a fan of both, but KR had zero chance of progressing past FA since this was the beginning of a long right hander, and he barely was 10% alongside the outside. But nobody seems to have the same view when FA had 75% of his car alongside at the EXIT of a corner.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th July 2013, 8:24

      FA managed to position himself more than 75% side by side on the outside of RG. He maintained this position all the way around the corner until RG ran all the way to the edge of the track, forcing FA off track.

      All completely legal, nothing wrong with any of it. We see similar moves all the time. Do you see Webber complaining about Hamilton forcing him wide at turn three later in the race? No.

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