Coulthard critical of Alonso

David Coulthard is unhappy that Fernando Alonso was awarded third place in the Brazilian Grand Prix, despite the Renault driver causing the race to be red-flagged when he crashed into the wreckage of Mark Webber's Jaguar. FIA president Max Mosley...

David Coulthard is unhappy that Fernando Alonso was awarded third place in the Brazilian Grand Prix, despite the Renault driver causing the race to be red-flagged when he crashed into the wreckage of Mark Webber's Jaguar. FIA president Max Mosley said that Alonso had talked to stewards and could have faced a penalty because he was going too fast under yellow flag conditions.

"It does not seem right, irrespective of whether it was Alonso or me, that the guy who caused the red flag can still get third place and a podium," said Coulthard. "If he caused the red flag, whether he is injured or 100 per cent okay, he should not be allowed to keep the place."

"Alonso said he was trying to catch the guy in front before the period of the safety car. If you going into the pits that's acceptable, but if not then there is no need to go flat out as when the safety car is coming out you want to save fuel."

Of course, Coulthard would like to see Alonso penalized so he could inherit the third place. However, Mosley said prior to today's San Marino qualifying session that Brazil is likely to be consigned to history and the Renault driver would probably escape with a warning. Michael Schumacher was also under suspicion of reckless driving under yellow flags in Brazil but he too is unlikely to be sanctioned.

Alonso is unconcerned about the situation: "For me I don't really know much about the investigation," he commented. "I'm not worried about it. I did a good race in Brazil and I'm happy with what I did in the race so I don't see any point to have any worries."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Mark Webber , David Coulthard , Fernando Alonso