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Alonso accuses stewards of manipulating race

ESPNF1 Staff
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A furious Fernando Alonso accused stewards of manipulating the European Grand Prix after he finished a distant eighth position having lost out during the safety car period.

Alonso was running in third behind Lewis Hamilton at the time of Mark Webber's crash but the McLaren driver overtook the safety car and went on to finish second.

Although Hamilton earned a drive-through penalty for his misdemeanour, he kept second place while Alonso dropped out of the points having respected the rules.

"It's a shame, not for us because this is racing, but for all the fans who came here to watch a manipulated race," an angry Alonso told Spanish television after the race. "We were running well, in third after a good start. Then the safety car came out, which wasn't too good for us, but Hamilton overtook the safety car, something that I had never seen, overtaking the medical car with yellow flags. We were a metre off each other, and he finished second and I finished ninth.

"This race was to finish second. Then with the safety car I would have finished where I finished in ninth, and Hamilton in eighth. But here, when you do the normal thing, which is respecting the rules, you finish ninth, and the one who doesn't respect them finishes second."

Showing his frustration in the heat of the moment, Alonso said everything was going against his Ferrari team.

"It must have been very hard to know. They must have taken a lot of laps to see the replay of how he overtook the medical car. But that's how it is. Unfortunately everything goes against us and it seems they are allowing everything."

The Ferrari team backed up Alonso's accusations, labelling the European Grand Prix a 'scandal'.

In a statement issued on its official website, Ferrari said that the decisions made had damaged the credibility of the sport.

"A scandal , that's the opinion of so many fans and employees who are all in agreement: there is no other way to describe what happened during the European Grand Prix," said the Ferrari statement.

"The way the race and the incidents during it were managed raise doubts that could see Formula 1 lose some credibility again, as it was seen around the world."