Formula One News » Alonso: Vettel “almost stopped” Posted on 25/03/2013
Fernando Alonso believes the blame lies with Sebastian Vettel after he “almost stopped” on the opening lap of the Malaysian grand prix, causing Fernando Alonso to run into the back of him breaking his front wing.
The drama didn’t end there for Alonso, instead of coming into the pits he stayed out on track causing his front wing to break and displace beneath the car. Alonso stayed out as the track was drying and tried to time one single pit stop for tyres and a new wing rather than 2 separate pit stops.
“Unfortunately, we were very unlucky,” said Fernando Alonso.
“After making a good start I touched Vettel at the second corner. It was a surprise to find him there, almost stopped. I don’t know what speed he was doing.
“Despite the fact the car was damaged, it didn’t seem to be too bad and, together with the team, we decided to keep going.
“If we’d stopped immediately, and then again on lap three or four to fit dry tyres, we would have dropped too far back and lost the chance to finish up the front.
“It’s easy to criticise this decision, but at the time it seemed like the right one.
“It was certainly a shame because here we could have fought with the Red Bulls, but circumstances didn’t help.
“Apart from the wisdom of the decisions we took, bad luck really played its part when you think how many off-track excursions there were in Australia without any consequence.”