The two drivers were battling for second place on the run up to Les Combes on the first lap of the Belgian Grand Prix but ended up tangling, with Hamilton retiring soon after because of the damage he sustained and Alonso recovering to an eventual fifth-place finish but certainly still likely disappointed with how things went.
His emotion was plain for all to hear just after the crash, too, with him labelling Hamilton an ‘idiot’ and saying he only knows how to drive when in first place.
The stewards deemed it a racing incident but, in fairness to Hamilton, the Brit took full responsibility for the clash with him speaking to the press once he’d returned to the paddock:
“Looking back at the footage, he was in my blind spot and I didn’t leave enough space today. It was my fault and I couldn’t see him. He was right in my blind spot.”
Hamilton was then asked about the radio message Alonso sent, to which Lewis responded:
“I don’t really have a response to it.
“I know that’s how things feel in the heat the moment, but it’s nice to know how he feels about me in a way, better that it’s out in the open, how he feels.
“Like I said, it wasn’t intentional and I take responsibility for it. That’s what adults do.”
"This guy only knows how to drive and start in first" 📻— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) August 28, 2022
Fernando Alonso was NOT happy with Lewis Hamilton as they collide on the opening lap 😡 pic.twitter.com/D2GgCXrBHI
The two had quite the rivalry back in 2007 at McLaren and though things have mellowed since then, it’s clear there’s still some underlying tension between them all these years later.
Fernando was, of course, speaking in the heat of the moment but they were certainly pointed words that he gave and Hamilton was clearly unimpressed by the Spaniard’s reaction.