Fernando Alonso and his Alpine Formula One team have condemned race marshal Silvia Bellot’s online abuse after the two-time Spanish world champion was penalized at the United States Grand Prix and later reinstated. Bellot, also Spanish and the only female race marshal in Austin, takes on the role again in Mexico City this weekend.
Alpine, owned by Renault, said on Twitter that it was “disappointed to learn of the unacceptable harassment”. Alonso, who finished seventh in Austin last Sunday but was demoted to 15th after a Haas protest and then reinstated after re-examination in Mexico on Thursday, posted on Instagram.
“I strongly condemn the recent online abuse directed against FIA race steward Silvia Bellot,” he wrote. “This type of hateful behavior is unacceptable in sport and society. It is particularly deplorable that these comments are aimed at one of our sport’s volunteers and officials.”
Alonso had his United States Grand Prix points reinstated after stewards discovered race control had given rivals Haas the wrong advice about a time limit for making a protest.
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