Fernando Alonso takes aim at F1’s FIA for having ‘different rules for different drivers’

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Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso believes his controversial move in Russia on the first lap proves there are “different rules for different drivers”.

The Spaniard was seen taking the escape road at Turn 2 on the opening lap of the Russian Grand Prix, moments after making the same mistake on the way to the grid.

Although the FIA didn’t investigate as he was deemed to not have gained an advantage, the move whipped up a social media storm as it also ensured he didn’t lose any places at the braking zone.

Ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix, Alonso felt the move proved that each driver is treated differently, and did it to “see the questions” coming up in Turkey.

“Just to see the questions here in Istanbul, Alonso said on Thursday. “[It was] just to confirm when I do things they have a different behaviour and a different repercussion on the following event. So now, maybe they change the run-off area in Lap 1 in the first couple of corners.

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“I’ve been the idiot on track for most of the championship while I’ve been overtaken from outside of the asphalt for many people in the first couple of races and even in Austria.

“I remember Austria 1 and Austria 2 and nothing happened, and there were no questions in the following races and now after Sochi, there is a question. It’s a confirmation.”

The Alpine driver then made a clear reference to another incident in the race, when McLaren’s Lando Norris crossed the white line at the pit entry, whilst struggling to control his car in the wet conditions, which saw the Briton only pick up a reprimand from the stewards.

After being asked for clarification of his first answer, Alonso responded: “Confirmation of many things. 

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“One that there are different rules for different people or different talks the week after for different people.

“Let’s see the next one that crosses the white line on the pit entry, let’s see which nationality he is and which penalty he will get.”

Alonso made his return to Formula One at the start of the season, after spending two years away racing in other championships, including the Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours.

Despite taking a few races to find his feet, the 40-year-old praised his team-mate and one-time race winner Esteban Ocon for his support at the team.

“It has been very close this year,” Alonso said.

“At the beginning of the year, it was not even close. I was not up to speed, for sure. So it was very helpful to have Esteban on top of his game.

“To try to get up to speed with a very fast reference was a good thing for me. I could make my adaptation a little bit shorter thanks to Esteban as well, to have that reference.”

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