At the Miami Grand Prix, Alonso went off the track and gained a lasting advantage over Mick Schumacher. It is not possible to appeal such penalties, but Alonso and Alpine contacted race officials after the race to shed some light on the matter. Motorsport.com was informed that Alonso was attempting to give the time back but that the FIA commissaires felt a penalty was warranted because he put the German on a second and was thus out of DRS. That also put Schumacher under pressure in Esteban Ocon’s other Alpine.
Alonso drew attention to himself again in Barcelona and was able to clear things up in conversation with Ben Sulayem: “I speak to him regularly and he also knew what I thought of Miami,” said Alonso. “He just knows. In the end we try to help each other. The FIA, the drivers, the GPDA, we all try together to make the sport fairer and better. I think it was a good and friendly conversation, we will continue in the future and hopefully be better and more consistent in our decisions.”
When asked if Alonso had apologized to the FIA, he declined to comment.