Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso were involved in a collision at Les Combes on lap 1 of the Belgian Grand Prix.
Alonso immediately went on the radio and called Hamilton “an idiot”, and said “this guy only knows how to drive and start in first”.
After the race Alonso gave his thought on the collision to Sky Sports.
“I mean, I was surprised,” he said.
“And for sure, he now saw the incident and he takes the responsibility which is obviously very nice from him, and it was a lap one incident, nothing really to say there.
“The stewards didn’t say anything because these things happen, especially in that corner. It happened in the past, I remember also with Lewis and [Nico] Rosberg the same thing.
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“So, it’s s tricky corner. I was frustrated in that moment for sure, every time we start on the first row or second row, we are fighting for top two/top three, there is something going on.
“And yeah, it was frustrating, but luckily my car was very strong and nothing happened, I could continue. Lewis had not that luck, and he had to retire the car.”
In a later media session, Alonso further talked about the incident.
“For me it was a little bit of a mistake from his side to close the door like this. At Turn 5 we’ve seen many, many times here that it goes parallel and it happened the same to him with Rosberg a couple of years ago [in 2014].
“I think it was a first-lap incident. I think it happens, at that corner especially, there are a lot of things that are going on and normally you cut the corner at Turn 6 and keep going at Turn 7.
“It is a tricky part of the circuit for sure and it was a racing incident.”
The Spaniard also explained how he felt very frustrated in the moment.
“I was very disappointed, when I start well on the first row or second row all these things happen and for sure I was frustrated in that moment. But he accepted his mistake and it is welcomed.
“I am just sad because when I start P2 or P3 always these things happen. When I am 12th or 13th I have a clean race.
“I wanted to have a normal [start] and we started already with an incident and then we have a very aggressive strategy and stopping early every time.
“I don’t think it was the smartest one but at the end top five makes it a good weekend with Charles’s penalty. So fifth and seventh is a great result for the team.
“It was a bad weekend for McLaren so we maximised those points,” Alonso concluded.