Monday, April 23, 2012


Ferrari's Fernando Alonso criticised what he considered dangerous driving by Mercedes' Nico Rosberg in their battle during the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The German was cleared by race stewards who investigated two incidents in which he appeared to push Alonso and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton off the track. 

Rosberg said he preferred not to comment until he had seen a replay.  

Hamilton did not comment on his incident with Rosberg, which happened on lap 10.

The 2008 world champion pulled to the inside of Rosberg out of Turn Three, and Rosberg defended by moving towards him, right over to the white line that demarcates the edge of the track.

Hamilton kept coming and managed to overtake Rosberg.

The incident with Alonso was almost identical, but happened on lap 24. The Spaniard did not manage to pass the Mercedes.

Article 10.4 of the F1 sporting regulations says: "Manoeuvres liable to hinder other drivers, such as deliberate crowding of a car beyond the edge of the track or any other abnormal change of direction, are not permitted."

Alonso went on the team radio after the incident to say: "He pushed me off the track. You have to leave a space, all the time you have to leave a space."

After the incident with Hamilton, Rosberg said over the team radio: "He overtook me off the track." This is also not allowed in the rules.


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