Alonso Does Not Contest British GP Penalty
After rejoining the track following his tire change in the pits, the Spaniard closed the gap on Renault's Robert Kubica and started putting pressure on the Polish driver. Only a few laps later, he finally made an overtaking maneuver on the Renault racer on the outside of a corner, but the latter closed the door on him in the upcoming right-hander and caused him to go out of bounds.
When short-cutting the chicane, Alonso gained a spot, and it took the stewards only a few minutes to figure that out. After Ferrari informed Alonso of the penalty, the Spaniard angrily responded that he doesn't want radio contact with his team until the end of the race.
After the finish line, however, the Ferrari-an controlled his emotions and told the media that he accepts the penalty.
“I accept everything they do. They are the judges,” said the Spaniard about the group of FIA stewards, advised by former F1 champion Nigel Mansell for the Silverstone race.
However, he made it very clear that he doesn't regret the move he made on Kubica, as the Pole did not give him any chance to overtake him on the track.
“I think we did what we had to do and I don't think we had to change anything. There will be a lot of opinions from people watching on TV while having a beer, saying we should have let Kubica by in a moment when, first, there was nothing to do - if there'd had been a wall instead of grass I would have crashed against it and they would have penalised Kubica most likely.”
“The criteria is the same for everybody. The stewards look closely at all the incidents of the race and they always make the decision they think is the right one,” added Alonso.