The return of Formula One from its summer break was not short of excitement, with a first lap collision between veterans Alonso and Hamilton forcing the Brit to retire from the Belgian Grand Prix.
The crash occurred early on as Hamilton tried to pass around the outside of Alonso, however, he collided with the Spaniard’s Alpine and caught his wheel, launching the Brit into the air for a moment, before forcing the Mercedes driver to retire later that lap due to the damage caused.
While it is not great to see any driver have to retire from a race, Alonso certainly had no sympathy for Hamilton, exclaiming on the radio: “What an idiot closing the door from the outside.”
Alonso continued with his rant on Hamilton: “We had a mega start but this guy only knows how to drive and start in first.”
Harsh words coming from Alonso, who was Hamilton’s former teammate at McLaren over 15 years ago. However, it was a partnership that broke down into a fierce rivalry between the Spanish star and the then new rising rookie in Hamilton.
And it seems that despite 15 years on, there is no love lost between the two racing legends, with Alonso seen to be wagging his finger at the down-and-out Hamilton following their collision, as he drove past.
So, Alonso has certainly not held back in making it clear to Hamilton what he thinks of the British racer’s driving style, directly showing his disapproval by way of a condescending finger wag, and claiming that the seven-time world champion only knows how to drive and start in first.
Hamilton has since taken responsibility for the crash, explaining that: “Looking back at the footage, he was in my blind spot, and I didn’t leave him enough space, so it was my fault today. I’m just so sorry to the team.”
However, following Alonso’s reaction to his mistake, Hamilton does not seem to be so apologetic to the two-time world champion.
When asked if Hamilton would speak to his former teammate, he bluntly explained: “No. I would have until I heard what he said. I know that’s how things feel in the heat of the moment, but it’s nice to know how he feels about me.”
After going on to seal an impressive fifth-place in the race, Alonso put his comments about Hamilton down to the heat of the moment and frustration in what is a “tricky corner.”
He continued: “He’s [Hamilton] now seen the incident and takes responsibility, which is very nice from him.”
Quite the change of tone from Alonso’s in-race tirade and finger wag that must have made Hamilton feel like he was back at school again!