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Alonso calls for end to Petrov abuse

Fernando Alonso has said that it is time for his fans to stop posting abusive messages aimed at Vitaly Petrov, following their on-track battle in Abu Dhabi.
Fernando Alonso has urged his fans to cease their bombardment of Vitaly Petrov following their controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and enjoy what he still refers to as his best ever season in the top flight.

The Spaniard went in to the final race of the year holding a comfortable eight-point advantage over closest rival Mark Webber, with Sebastian Vettel 15 points adrift in third, but left Yas Marina having seen the German overhaul him in the standings after a bad tactical call from Ferrari denied him the fourth place minimum he needed to claim a third world title.

The gaffe, prompted by Webber's decision to pit for fresh tyres early in the race, allowed Vettel an untroubled passage to victory when Alonso found himself bottled up behind Renault rookie Petrov. The Russian, who had shown flashes of potential throughout his debut season, still needed a strong result to go some way to securing his future for 2011, and continued to race Alonso to the chequered flag - as he was rightfully entitled to do. The Spaniard's eventual seventh place was therefore insufficient to realise his championship ambitions, and he showed his own frustration on the slowing down lap, drawing alongside his rival and gesticulating his displeasure at being denied.

While Alonso eventually got over his disappointment, it appears that his fans - who have previously been implicated in racial abuse against former McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton - have taken a more long-term view to haranguing the hapless Petrov, having peppered his Facebook page with abuse and insults [see story here].

Alonso has attempted to quell the situation by calling for an end to the vilification during an interview with Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

"My fans probably didn't like some of his statements after Abu Dhabi," he acknowledged, referring to Petrov's accusations of 'bad manners' and 'poor education' following the race, "We all have to think about what we say after a race, but I say to my fans to stay calm because we have lived together a spectacular year. This makes me happy, given the results I have had. My level of driving I think is at its best and I hope to continue like this next year."

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December 03, 2010 4:11 PM

First he fails to apologise for being a w*nker at the end of the race, second he doesn't actually chide his fans for their hooligan attitude, thirdly he has another dig at Petrov for making justifiable complaints, and finally he asks his fans to stop the death threats after he's had time to enjoy them and has become impatient for everyone to go back to saying how brilliant he is. What a f*cking rotter!

sixtenths - Unregistered

December 03, 2010 2:50 PM

"We all have to think about what we say after a race" Petrov was polite, you were not. Petrov was the innocent public recipient of your abusive gestures after the race, and still you think you can pompously lecture him on how to behave ? No wonder your fans behave like such pigs then is it Lloronso, they are learning from you.

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