You can understand, perhaps, Fernando Alonso getting rather worked up to find his Ferrari pushed almost to the back of the field in Sunday’s European GP at Valencia after rival Lewis Hamilton survived a drive-through penalty without losing track position after the deployment of the safety car following Mark Webber’s huge accident.

Fernando got extremely stoked up about this matter, perhaps spending rather too much time unburdening his thoughts to the Ferrari team over the radio link to the pit wall, although by the end of the day team principal Stefano Domenicali was trying to play down talk that Maranello regarded the episode as a ‘scandal,’ a view initially aired on the Italian team’s website.

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Domenicali said his biggest disappointment was the delay it took to punish Hamilton for overtaking the safety car, which had allowed him to build up a tactical cushion over Kamui Kobayashi so that he could to take a drive-through penalty without losing a position.