German Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel referred to double-World Champion Fernando Alonso as an “idiot” after the Spaniard held him up during a second free practice at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguex track in Mexico City on Friday.
The four-time F1 Champion was heard making the remark over the team radio during the free practice, in which the 29-year-old completed first, finishing 0.004s ahead of nearest rival Lewis Hamilton.
However, Vettel went on to say that traffic issues had left him without a good feel for his pace.
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He said: "Maybe it was just me today, but I felt that I was actually in Mexico City, not on the race track, with a lot of traffic.
"I guess everybody was fighting with the same problems, making the tyres last, especially the super soft.
"I don't know entirely, because I had so much traffic, and I didn't have successive laps. I think overall the pace was good, which was the more important thing. We can still improve for tomorrow, and then go from there."
When asked about Vettel’s remark towards the Spaniard, Alonso said that he “forgives” his fellow champion, citing that he understands the German is “living a very frustrating period” at Ferrari.
Alonso said: “I heard what Vettel said on the radio, but I don't make an issue out of it.
"He's living a very frustrating period, for himself and for Ferrari, so we have to forgive him.”
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, finished fastest in the first practice run in Mexico, just ahead of his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton must beat Rosberg at the Mexican Grand Prix today to stand any chance of claiming this year's Formula One Championship.
However, with just three races left, he is currently 26 points behind the German, so he knows it's a tall order.
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