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GP Week : Issue 234
Fernando Alonso didn’t have the best Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Following a first corner collision the spaniard found himself trundling down the pit lane after being handed a drive- through penalty, a move Alonso criticised after the race. Heading into the first corner, Alonso made contact with Felipe Nasr, setting off a chain reaction which ultimately saw the McLaren bounce into Pastor Maldonado. Both drivers ended up off the track on the outside of the first corner, where the Lotus driver’s race came to an end. Though Alonso was at least able to keep going his race had been impacted by the incident, not least because of the drive-through penalty but also because it left the McLaren driver almost a lap down from the very start of the race. The pain didn’t end there as Alonso also received two penalty points on his superlicense. In response, Alonso suggested the FIA needs to use some common sense in applying the rules to help the sport appeal to fans rather, than applying the letter of the law in every instance. “To have a drive-through after you've been hit by another car is a bit strange, and I think it's unique,” Alonso opined. “F1 needs to ask itself about the sound of the cars, or what is the problem to have less and less spectators. "This kind of season, they need to make more sense about what they are doing, because I don't see this in WEC, MotoGP and other categories that are much more fun than us. "We need to look at many things. They need to get some consistency in the penalties, some common sense, and be fair. “We see the grandstands half empty on this circuit and half empty on most circuits, and there are championships which are overtaking us on the right, like WEC, MotoGP,” he added. "Then we are trying to make the cars louder. I think we need a bit of common sense.” 34 GPWEEK.com // 34 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> ABU DHABI PARTNERS: alonso calls for sense and sensibility