Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are two Formula One legends. Ever since the two drivers met in 2007 at McLaren, the spotlight has always been on them in one way or another. Then came the almost unwavering dominance of Mercedes, as Hamilton went on to win seven titles.
The incident at the Belgian Grand Prix left few indifferent. Hamilton admitted his guilt to the media minutes later. He said that the Spaniard was in his blind spot and did not see that he had left Alonso with virtually no space. His car collided with the Alpine and Hamilton had to abandon the race after his error.
But Alonso’s remarks after the incident bothered Hamilton, who claimed to Sky F1 that he had heard what the Spaniard said.
“I would [have apologised to him] until I heard what he said,” Hamilton said after Alonso had called his Mercedes counterpart “an idiot” on team radio.
“I know that’s how things feel in the heat of the moment, but it’s nice to know how he feels about me.”
There is no limit to Hamilton’s ability. It might even be considered a mistake to believe otherwise after all the titles he has won. Something that also shows in his pole positions, as when he didn’t start in the front of the grid, it was almost considered a surprise.
The stats don’t lie. This is the fifth time that Hamilton has retired on the first lap of a Grand Prix, having participated in as many as 302 races. But, coincidentally, three of these five times have been at Spa in 2009, 2012 and now, 2022.
Fue en el Gran Premio de Bahrin. Una mala salida de Lewis le dej a la par de Alonso, que sala desde ms atrs. Termin tocndole en la primera vuelta. Las consecuencias fueron parecidas a lo que ocurri este fin de semana: Hamilton, a boxes y con ms problemas; Alonso pudo acabar la carrera. Los dos pudieron hacerlo, pero sin puntuar.
En aquella ocasin, Hamilton tambin se vio obligado a asumir su culpa. “Estaba detrs de l. Yo me mov hacia la derecha y l tambin. As sucedi. Fue un incidente de carrera, supongo”, reconoci en aquel momento.
No es el primer encontronazo en Spa
A collision 14 years ago
This accident was not the only one between the two. The previous one took place 14 years ago now, and it was probably the most similar to this one, because it was just the two of them involved.
It was at the Bahrain Grand Prix. A bad start by Lewis left him on a par with Alonso, who was starting from further back. It ended in a collision on the first lap.
The consequences were similar to what happened this weekend, as Hamilton ended to the pits with more problems than Alonso, while both were able to finish the race without scoring points. On that occasion, Hamilton was also forced to take the blame.
“I was behind him,” Hamilton said.
“I moved to the right and so did he. That’s how it happened. It was a racing incident, I guess.”
Not the first collision at Spa
Alonso was present in two of the three times Hamilton has retired at Spa. The one was this year and the other took place back in 2012, when neither of them was at fault.
It was in an accident that involved multiple cars, caused by Romain Grosjean, that forced them to retire from the race. A risky manoeuvre by the Lotus driver at the start, trying to contain Hamilton, ended in a chain collision that affected Fernando.
It was quite hard to watch as the Frenchman’s car literally ran over Alonso’s. Fortunately, there were no major consequences. Romain had to apologise publicly. Shortly before, Hamilton went to ask him for an explanation, visibly angry.