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Q & A with Fernando Alonso

Q. Has the FIA been fair or unfair?

FA: They should know. If they have penalised me and the team they must have a reason. But I repeat what I said before: it's the first time that a rule has been created our of the blue, since there's nothing written in the regulations about the time you take to make a pitstop.

Now they'll have to watch all teams closely and whoever takes a bit longer to end the pitstop will have to be penalised.

Q. What have you learned from this?

FA: Nothing I didn't know. We all know what we have here.

Q. What has been more disappointing in this Grand Prix, your team, your teammate or the FIA stewards?

FA: Nothing has disappointed me. You come here wanting to make up ground, you get pole, but in the end it wasn't to be. My teammate has probably had a different weekend than the rest of drivers, he didn't obey his bosses, he behaved in a new way with the team and maybe that was a surprise, but everybody can do whatever they want.

And I don't want to think too much about the stewards. It's a difficult situation and a difficult decision, but they made it and in the end we scored five points, which is better than nothing.

Q. In the next race that you have to let Lewis pass to give him an extra lap, what will you do?

FA: I'll let him by.

Q. That easily?

FA: If the team asks me to, I'll let him by. The team pays me to do what they want.

Q. How is the relationship with your team and your teammate now?

FA: It's the same as before the race. Each of us looks at his own interests, trying to do the best race possible, with the best strategy, and I try to do the same with my group of engineers and mechanics.

But I guess he will have a different relationship with the team in the next race, because I don't think they are very happy, and I will have the same one (relationship).

Q. Has this made you more motivated to win the title?

FA: The same as before. Always a lot.

Q. Will McLaren take any measures?

FA: No. These things happen in every sport, and also in F1, and it happened to me. But we have stop thinking about it. It's a new kind of penalty and that's it.

Q. Is this the worst penalty you have been given?

FA: No, Monza was the worst one, that's for sure.

Q. With all the difficulties that you are having this year, is it harder to think about the title?

FA: It gets very hard. It's not easy. I don't know if it's because in previous years I had to defend myself, but it seemed a little easier. This year I'm always on the limit, tied in the first half of the season, and now I'm a bit behind.

The races are going by and you arrive each Thursday and you know you have another mountain to climb, that you are going to have to fight against a lot of things, but until the final lap in Brazil you can't ease off.

Last year it was looking bad too, but two races from the end Michael broke his engine and I won the title. Anything can happen and the last one to throw in the towel will be me.

Q. The celebrations have changed a lot today. Hamilton was applauding himself and the team seemed to ignore him a bit.

FA: Well, what happened yesterday was something new for the team. Hamilton not listening, disobeying them, was something they hadn't experienced and I guess they wanted to make him see that. But anyway, in the next race I guess everything will be back to normal and we will both try to win the race.

Q. Could what happened here change the attitude of the team towards you and Hamilton?

FA: No.

Q. Do you think it's possible to go on like this for three years?

FA: I don't know.

Q. Do you plan to think it over?

FA: I don't know.

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