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Alonso eager to put European Grand Prix behind him

Fernando Alonso
Alonso was unhappy at the outcome of Sunday's race

Fernando Alonso has vowed to put the incidents of Sunday's contentious European Grand Prix behind him.

The Spaniard initially claimed the race was "manipulated" but although he has not apologised for his outburst, he has shifted his stance slightly.

"On Sunday evening, I was very angry about everything that happened," he told Ferrari's official website.

"But now that anger has been transformed into positive energy driving a desire to fight back."

Alonso and his Ferrari team were unhappy after McLaren's Lewis Hamilton effectively escaped punishment after overtaking the safety car.

Hamilton was handed a drive-through penalty but was able to retain second position in the race.

Alonso, who was running close behind Hamilton when the safety car came out following Red Bull driver Mark Webber's spectacular collision with the Lotus of Heikki Kovalainen, did not overtake the safety car, and went on to finish ninth.

But the timing and nature of the penalty on Hamilton enabled the British driver to build up a big enough cushion to complete the drive-through without losing a place.

By finishing second, Hamilton maintained his position at the top of the drivers' championship with Alonso fifth in the standings.

606: DEBATE

But having had time to reflect on the events, Alonso's anger has subsided, but he is keen to get the team's season on track at the British Grand Prix on 11 July.

"We were particularly unlucky in terms of the timing of when the safety car appeared on track," said Alonso, who also revealed that the FIA had agreed to call an extraordinary general meeting to discuss the various issues to be raised by the incident.

"It would have only needed a few seconds more or less to totally change our race.

"It does not achieve much going over the events that followed on, but obviously, in the clear light of day, I am much calmer than I was in the moments immediately following the race.

"At the time, I reacted emotionally and in that situation it is all too easy to adopt a tone and say things that can be interpreted wrongly, giving rise to suspicions, something which I had no intention of doing.

"Sure, I understand the stewards have a difficult job to do and they have to take decisions that are not easy.

"What I meant was that those drivers who, like us, respected the regulations, unfortunately in this situation, suffered much more than those who broke them, even though they were given a penalty.

"On Sunday evening I was very angry about everything that happened, but now that anger has been transformed into positive energy driving a desire to fight back.

"At Silverstone we will try and channel all that accumulated energy into the car to try and make up for what escaped us, for one reason or another, in Valencia."



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