Alonso tries to explain his insulting radio message aimed at Hamilton

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After calling Lewis Hamilton “an idiot”, and saying that he “only knows how to drive and start in first”, Fernando Alonso says “it’s a shame that sometimes everything is broadcasted”.

On lap 1 of the Belgian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was attempting to overtake Fernando Alonso around the outside at Les Combes, which led to a collision between the two cars.

Alonso immediately went on the radio and called Hamilton “an idiot”, and said “this guy only knows how to drive and start in first”.

Although rhe FIA did not blame Lewis for the incident, after the race Lewis accepted the blame. In response to Alonso’s comments, he said it was “nice to know how he feels about me”.

Later, Alonso tried to explain what led to his outburst.

“Yeah, I was angry on the radio,” the Spaniard said.

“The radio, anyway, when you talk, you talk to your engineer and to your team.


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“It’s a shame that sometimes everything is broadcasted, because if it’s broadcasted, this is what you say now [in the moment], this [right now] is how you behave in the media.

“When you’re talking on the radio it’s only a comment to your team, normally.”

Alonso then tried to further explain why he used the language he used.

“I was frustrated there, for sure. Every time we started in the first couple of rows of the grid there is something going on, unfortunately, and I felt that way.

“But, you know, it was a normal incident, and unfortunately Lewis had to retire the car after the incident.

“So, that was probably the worst part of it,” the Spanish driver concluded.

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