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Fernando Alonso Seeks Dialogue with FIA Chief Amid Claims of Nationality Bias in F1 Stewarding Decisions



Fernando Alonso seeks a discussion with the FIA president over allegations of favoritism based on nationality

Fernando Alonso alleges that a driver's nationality influences the decisions made by race officials in Formula 1.

Fernando Alonso seeks a discussion with FIA chief Mohammed Ben Sulayem, alleging bias against Spanish F1 racers.

The driver from Aston Martin believed that Lewis Hamilton should have been penalized for his forceful maneuver into the first turn at the beginning of the sprint race. This move pushed Alonso out wide, causing him to collide with his Aston Martin team member, Lance Stroll.

Subsequently, Stroll collided with McLaren's Lando Norris, leading to Norris's forced retirement from the race.

Alonso implied that Hamilton avoided a penalty for negatively impacting other racers' performances "due to not being Spanish."

Norris believed it was clear that Hamilton was at fault for the crash.

The officials clarified their choice to abstain from penalizing anyone, stating, “Upon reviewing the footage, it was clear that a series of at least three impacts took place – initially between Vehicles 14 (Alonso) and 18 (Stroll), followed by a collision involving Vehicle 44 (Hamilton) and Vehicle 14, and concluding with an incident between Vehicle 18 and Vehicle 4 (Norris).

"From our perspective, it seemed that the events initially involved Cars 14 and 18, but the rapid approach of Car 44 played a role in the ensuing multiple crashes. Nonetheless, we couldn't pinpoint any driver or drivers as being entirely or mainly responsible for the series of collisions or any individual incident."

Following his qualification for Sunday's grand prix in Miami, Alonso seemed to reaffirm his previous statement to the broadcaster DAZN.

The double world title holder stated he "needed to create some distance since Hamilton was approaching uncontrollably from the inside," further mentioning that "if I were to do that, I'd definitely be penalized."

Alonso has stated his intention to meet with FIA president Ben Sulayem to ensure the safety of his Spanish counterparts.

"I believe that nationality is important, and I intend to discuss this with Mohammed [Ben Sulayem] and the FIA, among others," he shared with journalists in Miami.

"It's essential for me to verify that my nationality or any related factor won't negatively impact any decisions – this concern isn't just for my own sake but also for the upcoming Spanish drivers. It's crucial they are safeguarded."

Alonso's spokesperson intervened to halt any more inquiries regarding the topic.

The stewarding team in Miami consists of four individuals hailing from Singapore, Barbados, Italy, and the United States.

Alonso experienced a terrible day in Miami, ending up in 17th place in the sprint race due to a puncture caused by a collision with Stroll.

He was then knocked out during the second stage of the qualifiers and is set to begin in a disappointing 15th position for the race on Sunday.

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