Fernando Alonso apologised on Thursday for calling Lewis Hamilton an fool after they collided ultimately weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix and mentioned his warmth of the second feedback had been blown out of proportion.
The double world champion had additionally mentioned on group radio, in a broadside heard by a world tv viewers, that the Mercedes driver solely knew tips on how to begin and drive in first place. Hamilton, a seven instances world champion, is Formulation One’s most profitable driver of all time with 103 wins a few of his extra spectacular ones coming after he fought again by means of the sector. Speaking to reporters forward of this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, Alpine’s Alonso acknowledged his first lap outburst had made big waves. “First of all it’s Lewis, he’s a champion, he’s a legend of our time. And then when you say something, and I’m sorry to repeat this, against a British driver there is a huge media involvement after that,” he added.
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“They’ve been saying a lot of things to Checo (Red Bull’s Sergio Perez), to (Ferrari’s) Carlos (Sainz), to me. They say something to a Latin driver, everything is a little bit more fun .”Whenever you say one thing to others, it’s a bit of bit extra severe. However anyway, sure I apologise. I used to be not pondering what I mentioned. Alonso mentioned he had big respect for Hamilton, who was his rookie group mate at McLaren in a stormy 2007 season, and had no issues with him.
“It is something that you say with the heat of the moment, but nothing that I said is true. There are facts that are completely the opposite,” he added. Alonso mentioned he supposed to apologies in particular person and in contrast his feedback to one thing mentioned to a group mate throughout a soccer match after a tough sort out.
The 41-year-old prompt he can be extra guarded in future .”I’ll attempt to be quiet at all times within the radio and don’t be a part of a present that I don’t agree (with),” he mentioned. “All of the issues which can be broadcast on the radio usually are a bit of bit spicy as a result of the game desires that spice into the race… I perceive that.
“Unfortunately the measure you will have to take to avoid broadcasting things in the heat of the moment is to stay quiet all of the time.”