F1 has different rules for different people: Alonso after Sochi run-off incident
- Fernanado Alonso cut off a corner in Sochi to gain places
- Alonso said he expects the rule to change
- The Formula 1 drivers will be seen racing in Istanbul this weekend
Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso, who is driving for Alpine in the 2021 season, on Thursday pointed out the discriminatory behaviour of the FIA. The Spaniard said that ome drivers were being treated differently to others when it came to track actions during races.
Alonso, talking to reporters ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix, said that he deliberately used the run-off area at the first corner in Sochi to avoid a bottleneck and gain places through late braking to see the kind of questions he would face at the next race.
Starting sixth on the grid, Alonso was seventh when he tapped into a grey area of the F1 rules. He did not slow as much as his rivals on turn two. He bailed out of the corner and chose the way around the first sausage kerb and got on the throttle, negotiating the polystyrene blocks as quickly as he could. The 40-year-old joined the track at third place.
"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 one in the first couple of corners," Alonso said, as per Reuters.
This is not the first time Alonso has questioned the runoff track rule. He had earlier this season said he had been "the idiot on track for most of the championship while I've been overtaken from outside of the asphalt by many people in the first couple of races".
"And nothing happened, and there were no questions on the following race. And now after Sochi there is a question, so it is a confirmation."
He further explained the rules are different for different drivers.
"There are different rules for different people — or different talks the week after for different people. 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."
"The strategy in the first races didn't bring us any solutions so we understand the solution is to do what the others are doing," he said at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July.
"We try to be fair and say to the referee — 'Look, they are playing with their hands in the penalty area.' But if the referee is doing nothing, we understand we can also play with the hands in the penalty area. So we do that."
A run-off area is an area on a motorsport race track for racer safety. Run-off areas are usually located along a road racing circuit where racers are most likely to unintentionally depart from the prescribed course.