Dutch F1 reporter Jack Plooij says Fernando Alonso “holds a grudge against Hamilton” and will “screw” him over if he has the opportunity.
After the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix, many Dutch fans have launched attacks on social media against the Briton, and he was greeted by a chorus of boos in Hungary.
This led to Dutch Grand Prix promoter Jan Lammers to call for the fans to “be nice” to Hamilton when he arrives in the Netherlands.
Now, Dutch Formula 1 pit lane reporter Jack Plooij has given his comments on the Dutch fans’ apparent dislike of Hamilton.
“In Holland he is perhaps not the most loved because of that action with Max that is burned into everyone’s retinas,” said Plooij in an interview with Motorsport.com.
“But if we’re really honest, you also have to be a bit of an asshole to be World Champion. You don’t have to be a nice guy at all.
“Who does Max have to be nice to? Nobody. He has to become World Champion at all costs. [Esteban] Ocon is the same. What a great help that guy had from Alonso.”
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It’s then that Plooij touched upon Alonso’s comments after the Hungarian Grand Prix. In the race Alonso managed to hold up Lewis Hamilton for several laps in their battle for P4, which ultimately allowed Alonso’s team-mate Esteban Ocon to win the race.
There would be nothing strange about this if Alonso didn’t say after the race that he was holding up Lewis to benefit his title rival Max Verstappen too (Max was running in P10 at the time).
It was a bit peculiar for a driver to say he did something to benefit a driver from a different team. Also, while giving post-race interviews, when Verstappen walked by and said “great defending”, Alonso replied: “I tried”.
Now, Plooij says what many are thinking: that Alonso doesn’t want Hamilton to become the 2021 champion.
“Absolutely. He holds a grudge against Hamilton. Those two are like water and fire.
“So he thinks: ‘If I can screw over Hamilton, I will’,” concluded Plooij.