Alonso vows to play by the same rules but will remain 'clean'

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Alonso vows to play by the same rules but will remain 'clean'

Fernando Alonso says the F1 stewards' lack of sanctions towards some of his rivals who aren't respecting the rules has left him with no choice but to follow their lead.

In Austria earlier this month, the Alpine driver expressed his frustration with the stewards lack of oversight towards several drivers who ran wide at the Red Bull Ring's Turn 1 at the start of both events, or towards those who had held up others in qualifying.

Ahead of last weekend's British Grand Prix, Alonso reckoned that if the rules were not going to be policed properly than he might as well join the crowd, which he did in Saturday's sprint qualifying when he relied on some sturdy defensive tactics to seal his P7 spot on the grid.

However, Alonso's on-track tactics earned him a warning from race director Michael Masi, while he later justified his behaviour by saying that he had gone to "the dark side".

After Sunday's race at Silverstone, the two-time world champion said that he had reached out to Masi to draw the Aussie's attention to what he believed were the unfair antics of some of his rivals.

"I’ve been always a clean driver and I will remain a clean driver for all my career," said Alonso. "I think I’m [among] the few ones that don’t have any points on the licence, to be honest as well.

"We tried to speak with the race director and we try always to say or blame other things that the people were doing with not many answers, and that was strange.

"I don’t want to be blaming, I don’t want to be crying every race for something that the others do.

"The strategy in the first races didn’t have any solutions or didn’t bring us any solution. So we understood that the solution is to do what the others are doing. That’s the only thing we can do."

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Alonso clarified what he meant by going to the "dark side" while the Alpine charger used a football analogy to explain how he felt about some drivers going unpunished for their misdemeanors.

"We tried to be fair and we tried to say the referee, ‘look they are playing with their hands in the penalty area’. But if the referee is doing nothing, we understand that we can play also with the hands in the penalty area. So we do that," he said.

"We wish we don’t need to do that. But because apparently some things are allowed in the Formula 1 of today, we copy and we don’t feel any more like we are out of the sport.

"So there’s no ‘dark side’ – it’s just playing with the same rules as everyone else."

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Wolff troubled by Red Bull's 'personal attacks and 'language'

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admitted to being troubled by the personal attacks and the language fired by the... The post Wolff troubled by Red Bull's 'personal attacks and 'language' appeared first on F1i.com.

Wolff troubled by Red Bull's 'personal attacks and 'language'

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admitted to being troubled by the personal attacks and the language fired by the Red Bull camp in the aftermath of last Sunday's controversial British Grand Prix.

Red Bull's top brass laid the blame for the collision that sent Max Verstappen into the barriers on the opening lap of the race at Silverstone on Lewis Hamilton, with team boss Christian Horner calling the Briton's "desperate" move a piece of "dirty driving", while Helmut Marko followed suit, insisting Hamilton had been "reckless".

Furthermore, the Verstappen father and son tandem lambasted a "disrespectful" Mercedes team for enjoying a post-race victory celebration all the while Max was in hospital undergoing a series of checks.

Wolff said he understood the turmoil and commotion in the Red Bull camp, but the Austrian made clear that the scathing criticism went too far.

"I think you can understand that from a competitors' point of view, the situation was upsetting," he told Motorsport.com. "I can understand that.

"Nevertheless, the language that was used, and making it so personal, was a level that we have not seen in this sport before.

"I understand the bias on the crash itself and the emotions of a father, and I would probably be the same, but I would use different language."

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Regarding Max and Jos Verstappen's incensed reaction to Mercedes' celebrations, Wolff said the Brackley squad only indulged in the post-race ritual once it was informed by Red Bull and the FIA that Verstappen was uninjured.

"We had the feedback from senior management of Red Bull that Max was fine," Wolff explained.

"Christian [Horner] mentioned it to [F1 race director] Michael Masi on the intercom that he's unharmed and fine, and the FIA gave us similar feedback.

"So at no point would we have celebrated if Max would have been injured. And I think that's very important to understand."

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Looking ahead, Wolff said that he would likely touch base with Red Bull once the dust has settled, to restore Mercedes' "professional relationship" with the Milton Keynes team.

"I think once the emotions are down, we will try to restore our professional relationship for the sake of Formula 1," said Wolff. "But beyond that, there were no discussions, and don't need to be."

The Austrian is also aware that Red Bull is mulling an appeal of the stewards' decision to sanction Hamilton in the race with a 10-second penalty by providing GPS data that shows that the Mercedes driver entered Copse corner mush faster than on any other lap.

"This is Formula 1. None of that worries me," said Wolff.

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