Former F1 driver Martin Brundle says Fernando Alonso’s dismissive attitude toward Lewis Hamilton, suggests “there’s still needle between them”.
At the Monaco Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has spent most of the race stuck behind a much slower Fernando Alonso.
Unfortunately, due to the characteristics of the Monaco track, it was almost impossible for Lewis to make a successful overtake, despite a significant pace difference. After the race, the Spaniard dismissed Hamilton’s frustration by saying it’s ‘not my problem’.
In his Sky Sports column, Martin Brundle suggests this all points toward unresolved issues between the two drivers, stemming from their time as team-mates at McLaren in 2007.
“Fernando Alonso went into a steady, but necessary for him, tyre preservation mode, with the rest of the field queued up behind him, starting with a very frustrated Lewis Hamilton,” Brundle wrote.
“‘That’s not my problem’ said Fernando, and you can’t help but sense there’s still needle between them after their McLaren season as teammates back in 2007.
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“Fernando then bizarrely took off for a while and did the third fastest lap of the race to retain seventh place.”
Brundle went on to say that Alonso was mainly responsible for Hamilton’s inability to show what he can do in challenging Monaco conditions, but also added that he had cost another world champion a better result.
“Eighth was Hamilton, who would normally have excelled in such conditions given some clear air, and 10th was Sebastian Vettel for Aston Martin, meaning that, along with Alonso, just seven seconds covered drivers with a combined 13 World Championships… But not much glory on this day.”
The Briton also praised Lewis’ team-mate George Russell.
“George Russell put in yet another fine drive for Mercedes to take fifth,” he wrote.
“He ended up just two tenths ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris, who also achieved fastest lap on his fresh Medium tyres, fitted on Lap 51 of what became a shortened and timed-out 64 lap race (instead of the scheduled 78) in a curious elapsed time of one hour and fifty six and a half minutes of racing,” Brundle concluded.