Alonso escapes penalty for flag waving breach 13 May, 2013 Fernando Alonso after the race The FIA on Sunday considered penalising Fernando Alonso for picking up a Spanish flag during his post-chequered flag in lap, after winning his home race. After winning his home race in Barcelona, Alonso stopped beside a marshal who furnished his Spanish compatriot and hero with a red and yellow Spanish flag. Once in ‘parc ferme’, the Ferrari driver draped the flag over the ‘1’ signboard indicating where he should park. But the glorious moment was actually a breach of a regulation about “receiving an object” prior to the post-race weighing and scrutineering procedure, and Alonso and a Ferrari team member were summoned to the stewards. Ultimately, the FIA officials let him off without penalty “to be consistent with a previous decision made under similar circumstances”. Tweet Related NewsRaikkonen: Exactly who made the decision for Alonso to pit first?Alonso: Maybe Mercedes is out of reachFerrari: We unfortunately lacked pace to make up placesFerrari: Lots of work to do to improve the efficiency of the carMontezemolo: I am not happy with where Ferrari isFerrari: We managed to get through a packed programme without any glitchesRaikkonen: We have a much better understanding of our car nowAlonso: We cannot start the weekend thinking to be on the podiumFerrari struggling with lack of grip due to design defect in too narrow F14TAllison: Key to a successful season is to keep improving your car at every race Jim Without a doubt the single most moronic F1 regulation today. McLarenfan @jim agreed it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! F1 Neutral It’s as ridiculous as giving a yellow card to a footballer who takes his top off or goes to the crowd when he scores an important goal. Punishment for passion. Ridiculous. McLarenfan Penalty for flag waving is so stupid when you see how many flags in the grandstands and around the rest of the track most purchased at the track, next there will be a £1000,000 fine for throwing caps to the crowd as they could cause injury.