Ferrari has labelled the European Grand Prix a 'scandal' as it vented its frustrations at the safety car situation.
While the stewards met on Sunday night to decide on whether a number of drivers went too fast into the pits during the safety car period caused by Mark Webber's crash, Ferrari has not held back in venting its anger. In a statement issued on its official website, Ferrari said that the decisions made – especially in the way Lewis Hamilton ultimately did not lose a position despite overtaking the safety car – damaged the credibility of the sport.
"A scandal, that's the opinion of so many fans and employees who are all in agreement: there is no other way to describe what happened during the European Grand Prix," said the Ferrari statement. "The way the race and the incidents during it were managed raise doubts that could see Formula 1 lose some credibility again, as it was seen around the world."
Alonso himself criticized the stewards, saying the event had been "manipulated" by their decisions.
"It's a shame, not for us because this is racing, but for all the fans who came here to watch a manipulated race," Alonso told Spanish television after the event. "We were running well, in third after a good start. Then the safety car came out, which wasn't too good for us, but Hamilton overtook the safety car, something that I had never seen, overtaking the medical car with yellow flags. We were a meter off each other, and he finished second and I finished ninth.
"This race was to finish second. Then with the safety car I would have finished where I finished in ninth, and Hamilton in eighth. But here, when you do the normal thing, which is respecting the rules, you finish ninth, and the one who doesn't respect them finishes second."