Spanish body unhappy with Alonso penalty
|By Pablo Elizalde||Sunday, August 5th 2007, 18:07 GMT|
The Spanish motorsports' federation, the RFEA, has voiced its displeasure at Fernando Alonso's penalty during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The world champion was demoted from pole position after the Hungary stewards did not accept the Spanish driver's explanation of his incident with teammate Lewis Hamilton, in which the Briton was unable to complete his final flying lap due to the lost time.
The penalty was a severe hit for Alonso, who could only finish in fourth position at a track where overtaking is very difficult. Hamilton won the race to increase his lead over Alonso to seven points.
The RFEA on Sunday showed its support for Alonso, and said it will take all the necessary measures to clear up the situation.
"The RFEA will show its most vigorous protest to the international bodies responsible for this decision, and it will take all the available measures ... to clear up this conflict," the Spanish federation said in a statement.
"The RFEA faithfully believes Fernando Alonso's explanation, given in front of the Hungary race stewards, and endorsed by McLaren Mercedes through their representative Ron Dennis.
"We want to publicly show our support and absolute trust in Fernando Alonso, who has showed his professionalism and honesty during his successful sporting career.
"This Federation hopes and wishes that these events are never repeated as they seriously deteriorate motorsport's image."