Whitmarsh backs Todt's non-reaction to Alonso outburst

Stephan Heublein

Martin Whitmarsh has backed the FIA's decision to take no action against Fernando Alonso.

In the immediate aftermath of last Sunday's European grand prix, the enraged Ferrari driver accused the governing body of "manipulation" in issuing a drive-through penalty that still allowed McLaren's Lewis Hamilton to finish second.

In the past, during Max Mosley's long reign, the comments would have almost certainly attracted a disrepute charge, but new president Jean Todt let the incident pass with nothing more than a partial retraction by the Spaniard.