Alonso Unfazed by FIA's Sanction Threat

World Champion German Michael Schumacher and Spaniard Fernando Alonso are expected to face strong questioning over their driving in the Brazilian Grand Prix in Friday's drivers' briefing at Imola.

Alonso Unfazed by FIA's Sanction Threat

World Champion German Michael Schumacher and Spaniard Fernando Alonso are expected to face strong questioning over their driving in the Brazilian Grand Prix in Friday's drivers' briefing at Imola.

Max Mosley, the president of the FIA, on Thursday called into question the speed the pair crashed out of the Interlagos race and said an FIA observer report on the incidents was already underway. Schumacher narrowly avoided a collision with a crane when his Ferrari aquaplaned off under a double yellow flag period, while Alonso stopped the race after crashing his Renault in a safety car period.

The drivers will meet with FIA race director Charlie Whiting to discuss matters ahead of Sunday's race and also look back at the incident in Brazil. Alonso, however, said he was not worried about the investigation.

"I don't really know much about the investigation but I'm not worried about it," he said. "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."

The Spaniard damaged his ankle when he crashed into the wall on the pit straight at Interlagos after running over a wheel left on the track by Mark Webber's earlier accident. Alonso refuted suggestions that he had been driving too quickly and said a warning call had been made too late by his team, despite the yellows being waved.

"I had it too late and the team said to me that there was an accident in turn 12 just as I approached the same corner so it was an unlucky moment," he said. "There were flags all around the track from turn four to turn 12. When we have yellow flags we slow down, we know that in the particular corner there has been an accident.

"You know it is a dangerous position when you have a yellow flag, but when you have the safety car you have yellow flags for the whole lap. You can't do a lap at 10kmh."

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