F1 has no momentum, needs 'common sense' - Alonso

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Fernando Alonso says "common sense" is needed to help F1 gain momentum as he noted half-empty grandstands at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The introduction of the 1.6-litre V6 turbo power units at the start of 2014 led to concerns F1 was losing fans as a result of the quieter engines. However, having been given a drive-through penalty in Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for causing a collision, Alonso says more common sense is needed within the sport.

"Why did I get a penalty when someone hit me from behind? That’s an FIA thing…" Alonso said.

"Here we had half the grandstands empty, in a lot of races the stands were half-empty too, while some other championships are gathering momentum, like the WEC and Moto GP. All we do is try to get the cars to make more noise when what is needed is common sense…"

Alonso's penalty and a pit stop to repair front wing damage saw him finish three laps down in Abu Dhabi and he admits it was a frustrating way to end the season.

"It’s difficult to find positives when things go this wrong but races like [Abu Dhabi] are normally useful for the engineers, as they can get a lot of data and work out some conclusions. I guess that’s the only positive we can take out of the race.”

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