Fernando Alonso: My Japanese Grand Prix penalty shows how bad F1 is

Fernando Alonso Japanese GP 2018

"It wasn't a great race for us", said Vandoorne, who will lose his Formula 1 drive at the end of the season.

The stewards found Stroll guilty in the incident and also handed him a five-second penalty for the contact and for pushing the McLaren off track. 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.

He feels the time penalty was unfair.

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

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

"Even when the driver comes to apologise, I think it's hard to understand the decision", Alonso said after the race.

"After that, the race was quite bad".

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"[Bad] in the decisions, in the random, in the poor consistency". You are braking on the outside at the last corner, and one guy didn't see you and came here to apologise after you go on the gravel and you get the penalty.

It seems like the Spaniard would much rather leave F1 sooner rather than later.

"He didn't see me".

Talking after the race Stroll explained the incident, "With Fernando, I just went around the outside of 130R, I got on the grass and then back on the racing line, we made some contact and then he just went straight on, so we both got penalties. It's the way it is".

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. Speaking to the media after the race, Alonso could not resist the opportunity to take another swipe at the championship.

Fernando Alonso has added another lap to the list he is compiling of his greatest performances - the one which earned him the 18th spot on the grid for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver now holds a 67-point advantage over title rival Sebastian Vettel after the Ferrari driver committed yet another error, which saw him finish in sixth place.

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