Fernando Alonso’s farewell United States Grand Prix was a miserable and brief one, his race ending after his McLaren was tagged during a first lap melee, causing enough damage to force him to park the car.
The veteran Spaniard, who will quit Formula 1 at the end of this season, was the innocent victim when he was crashed into by a wayward Lance Stroll, the Williams driver penalised for his shenanigans, but for Alonso it was an instant DNF.
In the wake of the incident, Alonso complained over the radio, “I don’t know how much damage I have, these guys are impossible to race with, impossible. They cannot do the starts like this you know, you cannot go into the corners crashing with other cars.”
He continued later while the race was still in progress when he told journalists, “I’m not upset – I’m disappointed because I’m here nine days in the US to do a race and I do 600 meters of the race and they push you off.”
“That’s the way it is, but it’s more a problem for the FIA if they keep allowing this type of driving. I drive in another series with amateur drivers, theoretically, and there has never been a problem. There are more amateurs here than in other series.”
He added: “Maybe when there’s a big crash they will do something. Until then we’ll try to have fun in other categories where we race against 34 cars, against amateur people, against 60-year-old men and nothing ever happens.”
“Here we need bumpers, like rental go-karts, so we can all crash into each other. I race in the WEC and they are very aggressive as well and we have three different categories there – some amateur drivers in the GT-Am, but no one crashes into each other. There’s another mentality.
“Sometimes you make a mistake or you try to take a risk at the start, or you can overshoot your braking point or make a mistake. But it’s like Spa, where you start and suddenly they are playing bowling with you.
“Here again, you start and they play bowling with you and you have the bad luck of having to retire,” lamented Alonso who was also taken out in a first lap incident at the Belgian Grand Prix earlier this year.