The fallout from the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso during Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix shows no sign of abating.
The former McLaren teammates clashed on the first lap at Spa after Hamilton ambitiously attempted to overtake Alonso around the outside at Les Combes. He didn’t leave the Alpine enough space and clattered into the front left wheel of the Spaniard’s car, sending the Mercedes flying into the air and out of the race.
Immediately after the clash, Alonso called Hamilton an “idiot” over team radio and added the seven-time world champion can only race when he’s out in front.
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Alonso, who went on to finish fifth, then wagged his finger in the direction of Hamilton and the stricken Mercedes further round lap. Alonso played down his comments after the race and appreciated Hamilton’s acknowledgement that he had been to blame for the incident.
However, Hamilton was not impressed by Alonso’s tirade and decided against speaking to his fellow veteran as a result.
"I don't really have a response to it. I know that how things feel in the heat of the moment, but it's nice to know how he feels about me,” he said, per Autosport.
"It's better that it's out in the open how he feels. And like I said, it wasn't intentional, and I take responsibility for it. That's what adults do."
When asked if he was going to talk to the double F1 champion, he said: “No. I would have until I heard what he said.”
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Hamilton has since taken to social media to update his Instagram story, which included a joint message from drivers urging fans to show respect to fellow members of the F1 community following reports of bad behaviour at several Grand Prix earlier this season.
Alonso features in the video alongside Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly, Mick Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas, Lance Stroll and George Russell. Alonso’s line urges “respect for the whole F1 whole family”.
The pair spent a tempestuous year together as teammates 15 years ago. Alonso, as double world champion, had expected to be given number one status at McLaren above F1 rookie Hamilton.
But Hamilton, then 22, defied expectations with a dazzling debut season which should have seen him take the title, only for Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to pinch the championship ahead of the warring McLaren duo.
There were numerous spats on and off track between Hamilton and Alonso. The relationship between Alonso and the team, in particular, became so toxic that he left McLaren just one season into a three-year deal and returned to Renault.
The pair’s relationship had thawed in recent years, with the pair often declaring their respect for each other, but it appears to be back on the rocks.
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