Alonso hits out at 'unbelievable' driving standards

By on Sunday, July 5, 2015
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Fernando Alonso hit out at the driving standards on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix after three drivers were eliminated in a collision at Village.

Daniel Ricciardo and Romain Grosjean battled for position and the Frenchman was forced into team-mate Pastor Maldonado, causing both to retire.

Alonso had to take avoiding action and half-spun into McLaren team-mate Jenson Button, leading to terminal damage on the Briton's MP4-30.

Alonso was able to pit for repairs and battled on to score his first point of the season courtesy of 10th position in a race with 13 finishers.

"The start was unbelievable," he said. "It was a big mess as we arrived at Turn 3.

"The two Lotus drivers were far too aggressive, and they touched each other; in avoiding them, I had a half-spin, and touched Jenson.

"There were a lot of retirements, and little common sense on display."

Button was circumspect about the accident as he suffered another retirement.

"On lap one, there was an incident between two cars at the apex of Turn Three," he said.

"Fernando tried to move to the right in order to miss them, and in so doing I think he lost the rear end and clipped my rear tyre. The impact lifted the car up and turned it off. With the engine not running, I had no option but to retire.

"When you start towards the back, there’s always a greater chance that incidents may occur because the closing speeds between cars are much larger."

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