Alonso confused by F1 decision to award points for “non-race”

Fernando Alonso (ESP) at the Belgian Grand Prix. Credits: Alpine F1 Team (Twitter: @AlpineF1Team).

Fernando Alonso admitted his confusion regarding Formula 1’s decision to award points after running two laps under the Safety Car at Spa-Francorchamps, calling it a strange choice for a “non-race”.

The start of the Belgian GP race was initially delayed by half an hour before two attempts were made to start the race, with the final attempt at 18:17 CET, yielding two laps behind the Safety Car, enough for half points to be awarded to the top 10 drivers.

“[There] was no way we could race, as we showed. It was only [a] red flag situation or [a] behind Safety Car situation, as we did. So how you can give points to a non-race?” Alonso said.

“We didn’t have the chance to score points, many people. I’m 11th, I didn’t have any green light lap to score a point and we didn’t score so that’s shocking. But it’s their decision.

“They did the three laps just to give the points because the conditions were the same as before. So it was a strange show, for sure.”

Alonso went on to express his sympathy for fans at Spa-Francorchamps, who waited long hours and ended up with no racing due to bad weather. He is one of many drivers who expressed so after the race.

“It’s good to see the fans back after the pandemic. They didn’t deserve this weather. It was no fault from anyone but we could not do any laps,” Alonso added.

“It’s a sad feeling because I think the spectators were amazing all weekend, facing some bad weather, but they were always supportive.”

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