Palmer: Alonso deserved a penalty


Jolyon Palmer believes Fernando Alonso should have been penalised for forcing him off the track during Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.

Fighting over 12th place at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Alonso took the inside line into Rivage and used that to push Palmer wide.

The McLaren driver’s antics allowed both Alonso and Carlos Sainz to pass the Renault driver.

Palmer was unhappy with Alonso’s driving and told his team over the radio that the Spaniard “forced me straight off the track”, however, the stewards did nothing about it.

“We got stuck behind Alonso, who forced me off the track pretty clearly,” Palmer told Autosport.

“If you ask me there’s nothing between that and what Kevin did to Hulk. It was identical.

“I don’t know if he’ll get a penalty. We’ll see. But that cost me two places.

“If halfway round the corner he just decides he’s going to force me off the track, it’s exactly the same [as Magnussen/Hulkenberg]. It’s up to the stewards to decide.

“But if Magnussen gets a penalty for sure Alonso has to get a penalty as well.”