But when Fernando Alonso was deemed to have gained an advantage after being pushed off the Suzuka track by Lance Stroll, and subsequently penalised along with the Canadian, it left the McLaren driver equal parts bemused and unamused. He believes the lack of consistency from the race stewards when it comes to penalizing drivers for their errors is what makes F1 bad.
"If the other driver comes to apologize, it's hard to understand the decision".
The Japanese manufacturer, who will also supply former champions Red Bull next year, has improved vastly since, most notably powering Gasly to a fourth place finish at the second race of the season in Bahrain. 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. I was coming into the last corner, braking on the outside and the other guy didn't see me, so I had to go off to avoid him after some contact.
Alonso is 10th in the F1 driver standings, and McLaren is sixth in the Constructors' Championship - much closer to the bottom than the top of the leaderboards.
"He didn't see me". "If he sees you and pushes you on the grass it's another thing, but it was just an unfortunate situation in a race situation. It's the way it is". Alonso is leaving F1 at the end of the season, having grown exhausted of the uncompetitive machinery he has been given since his return to McLaren in 2015. Speaking to the media after the race, Alonso could not resist the opportunity to take another swipe at the championship.
"Each week you have a positive weekend and then you go to another grand prix and you're not sure how you're going to fare, and how you're going to perform". "I went around the outside at 130R and got on the grass and then I came back onto the racing line and we made some contact".