Yesterday’s British Grand Prix was very eventful. A first-lap red flag, climate protestors invading the track, and perhaps the most exciting last 10 laps of any Grand Prix this season.
When Fernando Alonso‘s teammate, Esteban Ocon pulled to the side of the main straight on lap 39, Alonso was running 6th, and a safety car was brought out immediately. Ocon had damaged his car earlier in the first lap incident, and fuel pump issues prompted his retirement.
Alonso pitted under the safety car, but Lando Norris did so later, which meant Norris came out behind Alonso, when earlier, Norris had been running ahead. On the safety car restart, the five cars ran very close together, and Sergio Perez, Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc in particular provided a grand show.
Charles Leclerc was on much slower and older hard tires, while everyone else around him had soft tires on, and despite some heroics, he was eventually overtaken. Alonso tried to overtake him but was unable to. Earlier, when Leclerc was battling with Hamilton, Alonso felt that the Monegasque should have been penalized for weaving on the straight, much like he himself had been in Canada.
Fernando Alonso wanted Charles Leclerc to get penalized
As reported by GPBlog, Fernando Alonso felt hard done by the stewards, feeling that he should have been in fourth place and not fifth, as Leclerc should have received a penalty.
“Fifth place is fantastic, but I thought I could be fourth because I saw Charles change line three times when he was defending against Lewis. I did it twice in Canada and got a penalty.”
In Canada, Fernando Alonso had weaved on the straight while trying to defend from Valtteri Bottas. For that, he had received a 5-second time penalty, and that meant he went from having 6 points to having 2 points.
Despite that, Alonso had a positive overall review of Silverstone: “It was nice to see up close [the battle at the front] and it was good to overtake Lando Norris at the end. The car was really good, I felt more competitive than ever this season because we were at least matching Lando’s pace.
Alonso now thought that Alpine have the fourth-best car: “We know Ferrari, Red Bull, and Mercedes are untouchable, but we are ahead of the rest in the midfield.”
Fernando Alonso currently has 28 points, 11 behind his teammate, Esteban Ocon, who has performed very well this season. but some of it is down to the Spaniard’s horrible luck at the start of the season. A solid haul in Silverstone will give him confidence for the future.