Known for the F1 titles they have already won, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton had an accident at the first round of the Belgian Grand Prix, held this Sunday (28), at the Spa Francorchamps circuit.
The clash between the drivers of the Alpine and Mercedes teams was worse for the Brit. Over the radio, Hamilton was advised to stop the car and abandon the race.
Alonso was annoyed by his European rival, to the point of calling him an idiot and claiming that the seven-time F1 champion only knew how to drive when he was in first place.
In a press conference, Hamilton admitted that he was wrong and preferred not to respond to Alonso.
He emphasized that it is normal for drivers to talk nonsense when they are high-headed and running at more than 300 kilometers per hour.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Alonso spoke about the accident and praised the Briton for his posture.
“I was surprised and, of course, for him to take responsibility for the accident is obviously a good move on his part. It was an unfortunate turn. I really have nothing to say about it.”
Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton collided at the Belgian GP
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The driver gets a chance after the Ferrari F1 strategy
The two-time world champion finished the race in sixth place, but gained ground after Charles Leclerc was penalized for not respecting the pit speed limit.
The penalty was also applied to the role of the Ferrari team. The Italian automaker’s strategists called the Monegasque to a pit stop.
The idea was for Leclerc to set the fastest lap and get an extra point which eventually went to Belgian GP winner Max Verstappen.
Alonso was a Ferrari F1 driver from 2011 to 2014. He admitted that he did not expect to be ahead of Leclerc and reported that the Miranello team is taking unusual strategies.
“Yes, I was surprised. But Ferrari has always had surprising strategies. This was just another one.”