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Alonso critical of new Monza asphalt

Fernando Alonso
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Fernando Alonso believes the new tarmac laid down on Monza's main straight isn't up to F1 standards and was partly the cause for yesterday's delayed qualifying session.

Heavy rain on Saturday afternoon wreaked havoc on the one-hour session which was broken up into two parts, the first of which lasting just a few minutes and seeing Romain Grosjean aquaplane off the drenched track on the run down to the first chicane.

Monza resurfaced the main straight ahead of this weekend's event but the new asphalt doesn't cur the mustard according to Fernando Alonso.

"I think the main straight was just too wet," Alonso said.

"The new asphalt was not F1 standards. We can't have that difference between one asphalt and the other."

Pirelli representatives also noted the substantial difference in abrasion between the new laid down smooth stretch of asphalt and the rest of the track which better coped with yesterday's wet conditions.

The two and a half hour delay left spectators stranded in the grandstands while they awaited running to resume without the certainty that it actually would.

"It's a shame. It's happened a couple of times already and it's bad for the spectators, it's bad for television and hopefully the FOM or the FIA will be creative and find a new way to deal with this kind of situation," Alonso added.

"It's the usual problem. It's not the first time it happens. From the outside, the spectator wants to see the cars running, and the people on track want to see the cars running, so they need to find a solution.

"The track was fine, it was in a condition to run, only the straight was too wet.

"It's another strange episode and let's see if the FIA or FOM can find a solution to offer a bit of a show while the track conditions improve."

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