Fernando Alonso explains Hamilton ‘not Spanish’ comment

Source: Mercedes F1 Twitter

After the Miami Grand Prix Sprint Race, Fernando Alonso said Lewis Hamilton would not be penalized because “he’s not Spanish”. Now he says he will talk to the FIA about it.

At the beginning of the Miami Grand Prix Sprint Race, there was a big Turn 1 clash between Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Lance Stroll and Lando Norris, which resulted in a DNF for Norris.

The stewards did not investigate the incident, but after the race Alonso blamed Hamilton and said he won’t get penalized because “he’s not Spanish”.

The Spaniard obviously referred to the penalty he received in China, that Aston Martin lodged an appeal against.

Alonso’s statement has caused quite a stir, and later he once again stated he would have gotten penalized had he done the same thing Lewis did.

“I have to open the gap because Hamilton was coming from the inside without control of the car,“ he said.

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“So if I do that for sure I get the penalty.”

Asked whether he really believes nationality has anything to do with the FIA’s decision-making, Alonso said he does and added he will talk to FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem about it.

“I do feel that nationality matters, and I will speak with Mohammed, with the FIA, whatever…

“I need to make sure there is not anything wrong with my nationality or anything that can influence any decision, not only for me also for the future generation of the Spanish drivers they need to be protected,” he concluded.

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