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Alonso: Ferrari always does some strange strategy

Alonso: Ferrari always does some strange strategy

Alonso: Ferrari always does some strange strategy
Fernando Alonso was surprised Ferrari brought Charles Leclerc for a pitstop to try and get the fastest lap, joking they always do some strange strategy.

The Scuderia misjudged the gap between Leclerc, running fifth towards the end of the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix, and Alonso, and brought him on for a set of Soft tyres to try and get an extra point for the fastest lap of the race.

But the Monegasque emerged behind the Spaniard and had to fight his way back to fifth, which he did, but the fastest lap couldn’t be achieved.

Adding insult to injury, Leclerc was caught speeding in the pitlane, and was slapped with a five-second time penalty, dropping him back down to fifth, Alonso capitalizing on his misfortune.

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Asked if he was surprised by Ferrari’s tactics, Alonso told Sky Sports F1: “Yeah I was surprised.

“But Ferrari always does some strange strategy, so that was one of those,” the Alpine driver commented.

The two-time Formula 1 Champion has an eventful race, as he clashed with former teammate Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap at Turn five, labeling the Briton “an idiot” in the heat of the moment.

Having cooled down after the race, Alonso spoke of the incident saying: “For me it was a little bit of a mistake from his side to close the door like this.

“At Turn 5 we’ve seen many, many times here that it goes parallel, and it happened the same to him with Rosberg a couple of years ago.

“I think it was a first-lap incident. I think it happens, at that corner especially, there are a lot of things that are going on and normally you cut the corner at Turn 6 and keep going at Turn 7.

“It is a tricky part of the circuit for sure and it was a racing incident,” the 41-year-old driver maintained.

Hamilton incident frustrating

Alonso started from the third on the grid after the drivers around him served their grid penalties, all of which made his incident with Hamilton more frustrating as he believed he could have achieved better than his eventual fifth place.

“I was very disappointed,” he admitted. “When I start well on the first row or second row all these things happen and for sure I was frustrated in that moment. But he accepted his mistake and it is welcomed.

“I am just sad because when I start P2 or P3 always these things happen. When I am 12th or 13th, I have a clean race. I wanted to have a normal [race] and we started already with an incident and then we have a very aggressive strategy and stopping early every time,” Alonso explained.

“I don’t think it was the smartest one but at the end top five makes it a good weekend with Charles’s penalty. So fifth and seventh [P7 for Esteban Ocon] is a great result for the team.

“It was a bad weekend for McLaren so we maximised those points,” the 2005 and 2006 F1 Champion concluded.

With McLaren failing to score points in Spa, Alpine are now 20 points ahead of the Woking squad in the Constructors’ Championship, sitting fourth.