Alonso furious with 'difficult to understand' penalty in Japan

Alonso: This is how bad F1 is

Alonso: This is how bad F1 is

"He didn't see me", added the Spaniard, who leaves F1 at the end of the season, and who has been a critic of the direction the sport is heading.

The stewards found Stroll at fault for the incident but penalised Alonso for what he did afterwards, with the note saying: "Although auto 14 was forced off the track, vehicle 14 thereafter cut the chicane and rejoined the track thereby gaining a significant advantage".

However, Alonso was not happy about the penalty insisting he had no other option but to leave the track, and argued he should not have got the penalty after Stroll had accepted it was his fault.

Fernando Alonso's hatred towards Formula 1 continues to grow after he questioned the race stewards' decision to hand him a five second penalty after he was pushed off track by Lance Stroll during the opening lap of the Japanese Grand Prix. He later apologised to Alonso.

When asked what he meant about how bad F1 was, he said: "In the decisions, in the random, in the poor consistency".

McLaren's Sporting Director believes if Alonso wasn't caught up in the incident with Stroll, then he would have secured a much better position for his team.

On the high-speed and challenging Suzuka Circuit, McLaren drivers, Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne finished line astern in 14th and 15th respectively. He didn't see me, because if he did, he wouldn't have pushed me on the grass.

"If he saw me and said "I'm going to put you in the grass" it's another thing but the stewards are an unfortunate situation in a race situation".

Stroll said he did not understand the rationale behind the penalty he received for the incident itself.

Stoffel had a hard first stint on his initial set of tyres, but by the final stages of the race was rapidly closing on the pack of four cars ahead, although he ran out of laps to be able to make a move stick.

"Now he comes to apologize because I was in the gravel but I still get the penalty".

"I just wanted to say no hard feelings over the first lap", Stroll said of his conversation with Alonso. "I had to go in the gravel a little bit and it was lucky that we both continued".

Stroll was handed two points on his superlicence, taking his tally for the rolling 12 month period to six.

Alonso confirmed in August he will be leaving F1 at the end of the ongoing campaign. The Spaniard will stay in Japan for the next WEC round, the Six Hours of Fuji, an event which was re-scheduled so he could take part after initially clashing with the U.S. Grand Prix.