“Shame on you, Formula 1”: Alonso’s unheard mid-race tirade | 2018 Japanese Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso launched into an angry tirade against Formula 1 on his radio during the Japanese Grand Prix after being given a five-second time penalty.

But unlike his famous mid-race description of his Honda power unit as being like a “GP2 engine” at the same event four years ago, the McLaren driver’s furious criticism last weekend was largely unheard as it was not broadcast on the world feed.

Alonso was given a five-second time penalty for cutting the chicane after he was hit by Lance Stroll, who was also penalised. While Stroll was given a penalty for causing the contact, Alonso was penalised for cutting the circuit and gaining an advantage.

He was notified of the penalty as he came into the pits. As he left Alonso said on the radio: “Shame on you, Formula 1. Shame on you.”

“Well done. We can push people around,” he added.

FIA race director Charlie Whiting said Alonso could have avoided a penalty by giving the place back to Stroll. Alonso did yield a position after going off the track following another incident with Pierre Gasly.

After the race Alonso said his penalty “shows how bad Formula One is”.

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Fernando Alonso Japanese Grand Prix team radio excerpts

Alonso: The Williams pushed me in the gravel into the last chicane and I cut the chicane but I didn’t gain any place. But he pushed me in the gracel.
To Alonso: Fernando please confirmed who it was that pushed you off.
Alonso: The Williams, braking for the last chicane and I had to cut the gravel. It was really unsporting.
To Alonso: Understood.
Alonso: The same thing with Gasly he pushed me again off the track in the last chicane. Tell me what to do with the position but if they push you into the gravel what can I do, man?
To Alonso: OK Fernando go back to your previous position, maintain your previous position.
Alonso: OK, done.
To Alonso: DRS is enabled again.
Alonso: It doesn’t work like this, we spoke in the briefing, you cannot push people out of the track, on braking especially.
To Alonso: Fernando we think that’s a very fair point, we are reporting it to race director now.
To Alonso: Fernando we have a five-second penalty at this pit stop for the incident with Stroll. It’ll be a five second penalty. We are box this lap, please confirm.
Alonso: OK, box.
To Alonso: Box now, stay right of bollard. This will be a five-second penalty.
To Alonso: Launch map, launch map.
Alonso: Shame on you, Formula 1. Shame on you. Well done.
To Alonso: Careful, Stoffel will be exiting alongside you.
Alonso: Well done. We can push people around, well done. Shame on you, Formula 1.
To Alonso: OK Fernando we share your frustration.

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