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Alonso rues "random decisions" in F1 after Suzuka penalty

12 October 2018

We were more or less passengers on the straights.

The stewards found Stroll at fault for the incident but penalised Alonso for what he did afterwards, with the note saying: "Although auto 14 was forced off the track, vehicle 14 thereafter cut the chicane and rejoined the track thereby gaining a significant advantage". The Spanish racer chose to cut the chicane and come out ahead of the Williams, and since he was not ahead of Stroll when contact was made, he was expected to give back the position. "They felt that each driver should be given a five-second penalty for two separate offenses". He made it as high as 12th before the half-way point, before being handed a five-second pit-stop penalty after an incident with another vehicle.

The Spaniard was quick to point out that his frustrations were not with Stroll as the Williams driver did not see trying to pass him down the inside into the first part of the chicane. He later apologised to Alonso.

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"Now he comes to apologise because I was in the gravel but I still get the penalty..."

The McLaren driver was philosophical about the collision, refusing to blame Stroll.

Alonso after the race said his penalty shows how bad Formula One is.

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"In the decisions, in the randomness, in the pure consistency". I was coming into the last corner, braking on the outside and the other guy didn't see me, so I had to go off to avoid him after some contact. "It's a shame", the Spaniard explained the reason for him calling F1 "bad". He didn't see me, because if he did, he wouldn't have pushed me on the grass. If he saw you and put you in the grass it's another thing but it was just an unfortunate incident.

On the high-speed and challenging Suzuka Circuit, McLaren drivers, Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne finished line astern in 14th and 15th respectively. "It's the way it is". Speaking to the media after the race, Alonso could not resist the opportunity to take another swipe at the championship.

Alonso has already announced he's quitting Formula One at the end of the season, although he's yet to confirm where he'll drive in 2019.

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Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton downplayed talks of having one hand on his fifth F1 Drivers' championship after recording his sixth win in seven races at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday. "Austin is generally a good track for us and I can't wait to unleash this beast there", he added talking about the United States Grand Prix, which is up next in two weeks' time.

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