Alonso apologizes to Hamilton for ‘silly’ comments after Spa F1 clash

Alonso called Hamilton an “idiot” and said he only knows how to win races by starting first.

Hamilton then took the blame for the clash, but he escaped any punishment as the FIA ​​stewards took into account that it was the first round.

Hamilton has retired from racing and could face further consequences if he can no longer use the V6 that was in the car.

Alonso said ahead of the Dutch GP that he made the comments in the heat of the moment and they did not reflect his true thoughts on his former team-mate McLaren.

“First of all, Lewis is a champion, he’s a legend of our times,” Alonso said when asked by if he regretted his remarks.

“And then when you say something – and I’m sorry to repeat it – against a British driver, there’s a huge media involvement after that. They said a lot of things to Checo [Perez]to Carlos [Sainz]volume.

“If you say something to a Latin driver, everything is a little more fun. When you say something to others, it’s a little more serious.

“But anyway yes, I apologize. I didn’t mean what I said.

“I don’t think there’s much to blame at this point, to be honest, watching replays and stuff, because it’s a first-round incident, we’re all really close together. others.”

He also insisted he didn’t stand by what he said about Hamilton only winning from the front.

“No, no, no, I don’t believe [that]. I mean, it’s not that I believe or don’t believe, there are facts that it isn’t so. So it’s something you say in the heat of the moment. But as I said, none of what I said is true, or there are facts that are completely opposite. So I have huge respect.”

Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13 make contact on the first lap

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Alonso said he hadn’t had time to apologize directly to Hamilton but hoped to do so on Thursday at Zandvoort.

“I hope when we do the TV pen, I will approach him and ask him to apologize if he understood that way. I have absolutely no problem with him. And like I said, I have tremendous respect for him.”

Alonso admitted that drivers sometimes say things on the team radio that they don’t have time to think about.

“The heat of the moment and the adrenaline of the moment, fighting for finally the top two, top three, made me say those comments I shouldn’t say.

“But at the same time, as I said also after the race, I said it was a racing incident in my opinion.

“When you say something on the radio, at that moment you think you are talking with your engineer, so you prepare the strategy.

“Obviously you have to know that it’s on the air. But it’s like somebody is making a hard tackle or something in football, then you say something to your team-mate, or your defender or elsewhere, which is not broadcast.”

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Alonso said he would be more careful about what he says in the future.

“Of course. I’ll be very quiet on the radio. It’s a sport that has this stuff that gets aired, things that you should have some privacy with your team. So yeah, I’ll try to be always silent on the radio, and not on a show I disagree with.”

He also wondered if the driver’s radio should be broadcast.

“I don’t think, like I said, it’s the only sport, in football, in tennis, in anything, you can have your intimate moments with your team, and you prepare everything .

“But I know it’s part of the show, and like I said, all the things that are played on the radio are normally a little bit spicy, because the sport wants that spice added to the race.

“They never said to go to differential position five, because that’s not interesting. And that’s what we talk about every lap. I understand that. And unfortunately the step you’ll have to take to avoid broadcasting things you don’t think about in the heat of the moment is to stay quiet all the time.”

Alonso apologizes to Hamilton for ‘silly’ comments after Spa F1 clash

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