After the heat, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton have already reflected on the accident caused by the Briton after the start of the Belgian GP this Sunday. But after the seven-time champion was blamed by the Spaniard for refusing the request, it was the turn of Hamilton’s Mercedes boss Toto Wolff to apologize to the Alpine driver.
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– He (Hamilton) didn’t leave space inside. Fernando was already over the edge and there wasn’t much he could do. I apologize for the incident, on behalf of the team, it is something that rarely happens to Lewis,” Wolff said.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff at the Hungarian F1 GP – Photo: Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images
The incident was shortly after it began. Alonso, third on the starting grid due to penalties handed out to Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Esteban Ocon for changing the components of their power units, jumped to second behind pole position Carlos Sainz, with Hamilton in third.
At the corner of Les Combes, the seven-time champion charged the Spaniard and edged him; Hamilton’s Mercedes climbed into Alonso’s Alpine and fell to the ground.
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Cinematic touch between Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton on the first lap of the Belgian GP – Photo: Joe Portlock / F1 via Getty Images
With the damage, Brit had to leave the race. The two-time champion stayed on the stage and finished fifth, benefiting from a 5s penalty given to Leclerc for speeding on the pit lane.
Shortly after the contact, Alonso blasted on the team radio that Hamilton was “stupid” and only knew how to “get down and run from first place”. After the race, the Mercedes driver pleaded guilty to the bid, but said he would no longer speak to his rival after learning of the comments.
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Alonso changed his tone when commenting on the incident in a post-race interview. He called the accident a “starting incident” and justified his team radio as a moment of frustration.
Speaking again about the dispute, he welcomed the fact that Hamilton took responsibility for what happened.
– I was surprised. He certainly reviewed the incident and took responsibility, which is obvious to him – commented the two-time Alpine champion.
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F1 returns this weekend, on September 4, with the Dutch GP. There are eight stages left until the end of the championship.