Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso eased their tension to avoid a protracted war of words on Monday following their fatal collision at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday. The seven-time Mercedes world champion and his one-time McLaren teammate crashed in the opening lap and Hamilton was forced to retire after an aerial ride over his rival’s Alpine car. In the heat of the moment, the veteran Spaniard blasted the British driver as “idiot”. Hamilton recounted the incident on social media, writing: “First, I would like to apologize to my fans and especially to those who have come out to support me.
“After nearly 30 years of racing, the feeling left behind from a mistake is still as profound as the first.
“My team, who work hard, deserve more than that.”
Alonso, 41, was also more sober in his remarks after the race and shied away from the impact of the team’s initial outburst of action on radio when he said: “What an idiot! Closing the door from the side! outside.
“I mean, we had a great start, but this guy just drives and starts first.”
Hamilton took full responsibility for the collision but was clearly angered by Alonso.
He suggested that he was meant to speak to the Spaniard until he “heard what he said. I know that’s how things feel at the moment, but it’s nice to know him.” How do you feel about me?”
“I was furious,” admitted Alonso, adding: “Anyway, radio, when you talk, you talk to your engineer and to your team.
‘Will not stop pushing’
“It’s a pity that sometimes everything is broadcast, because if it is broadcast, that’s what you say now (in this moment), this (right now) is how you behave on the media. media.
“When you’re talking on the radio, it’s just a comment to your team, normally.”
“Definitely I was very disappointed there,” he continued.
“Every time we started at the first few rows of the grid, unfortunately, I felt the same way.
“But you know, it’s a normal incident, and unfortunately Lewis had to lay off the car after the incident.”
Alonso was seen waving a finger at Hamilton in the second lap before he settled down and finished fifth in the race.
The two have had a colorful history since being teammates at McLaren in 2007, Hamilton’s rookie season, when they failed. Alonso left the team after a one-year three-year contract.
The collision capped off a disappointing weekend for 37-year-old Hamilton, who edged past world champion in speed, Max Verstappen by 1.8 seconds, who won the race from 14th place on the grid, after taking a penalty, for Red Bull.
“We’re not where we want to be,” said the British driver, still looking for his first win of the season.
“But we won’t stop pushing until we get to where we know we belong. Sometimes this is life, it happens, but it’s not how we fall, it’s how we fall. we get up.
“I will work as hard as I can to come back stronger.”
Meanwhile, Alonso also enjoys teasing Ferrari, with whom he has made a strategic error, especially in his bid to win a third driver’s title in 2010.
When asked about the Italian team’s curious strategy in Belgium, which saw Charles Leclerc finish sixth, he said he was not surprised.
“No, not so much. Ferrari has been doing strange things – and that’s just another strange thing.”
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