Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Yas Marina, 2013

Alonso: Vergne should get penalty for pit exit incident

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Yas Marina, 2013Fernando Alonso believes Jean-Eric Vergne should be penalised following the incident between the pair during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Alonso came out of the pits near the Toro Rosso driver following his final pit stop, then went over the run-off at the exit of turn three to move ahead of Vergne.

Speaking to reporters after the race Alonso said: “Obviously it’s always a little bit of a question mark what [the stewards] will decide.”

“You need to leave a space always when you have a car alongside you. He didn’t give a space and I was forced to be out of the track so my opinion he should be penalised, in his opinion I overtake outside the track so we’ll see.”

Alonso believes he was unlikely to finish higher than he did given his qualifying position.

“Obviously we lost a lot of time in traffic but looking at the pole position, 20 seconds in front of us I think fifth was the maximum anyway, with or without traffic. So perfectly happy.

“One Mercedes in front, one behind. One Lotus in front, one behind. So minimised the championship, in the constructors’, loss.”

Update: No penalty for Alonso over Vergne incident

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  1. The surfeit of off-track tarmac run off has warped our view of this whole situation. The bottom line is that if there was stretch of bumpy grass there or a wall, Alonso would not have come down the pit exit with his foot to the floor without a care in the world, even though he could see another car on track heading for the same spot. Alonso just adjusted the design of the track to fit his momentary needs when he saw a car in the place he wanted to go–that was his easy plan B if Hulkenberg did not leap out of his way. Not cricket. It wold be one thing if he took evasive action to avoid a clash between cars with equal claim to the spot and then just resumed. But, no. First, as a car reintering the track, he did not have the same claim to a spot of a car running on the course, second, he is the only one who left the track. Further he made a pass. If someone forces you off the road, even if that was an illegal move, your remedy is not to pass off the track. There is no racing off the track, period.

  2. For me the footage worth more than thousands of words, can anyone of you guys can post a link showing what happened otherwise some silly debates will continue until the next GP, with all my respects

  3. “You need to leave a space always”

    That sounds familiar. But this time, Fernando, you came from behind, from the pit lane, and you have to give precedence to those on track. You were quicker and caught up with Vergne, but it’s your job to avoid contact. Just like two races ago in MotoGP, when Marquez came out of the pit lane and dived onto the racing line, where Lorenzo was approaching, and the two collided. Of course you don’t have to stop and let everyone through, but as you’re joining the action you have to make sure you do so in the correct manner. And, still, you were behind and overtook him by cutting the track. If he deserves a penalty, back off and overtake him later, rather than doing yourself something against the rules.

  4. A blue flag is shown at the pit exit for a reason, Fernando!

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