Lewis Hamilton vs Fernando Alonso: Verstappen, Perez & Sainz watching Belgian GP crash

Verstappen, Perez, Sainz All Watch Hamilton And Alonso Crash From Cooldown Room

Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso locked horns once again at the Belgian Grand Prix, with the long-term fierce rivals clashing on track and then afterwards in a heated dispute as the Brit succumbed to the damage caused.

After the duo got the better of eventual runner-up Sergio Perez at lights out, Hamilton looked to then get the move done on the Spaniard in the first sector before disaster struck.

Alonso was in a blind spot of Hamilton’s who didn’t give him enough room, leading for him to be sent airborne by the two-time world champion.

He was then quick to get on the radio to slam Hamilton with some harsh claims about only being able to drive when in first place.

When asked about it all in the paddock, Hamilton was fair as you’d expect from him, taking the full responsibility for the collision that ended his race on the opening lap, although the stewards deemed it a racing incident and refused to hand out a penalty to either driver.

You could see how Hamilton was far from impressed with Alonso’s comments, walking away from questions after saying things such as ‘I don’t care’ and ‘we’ve had different results in our career’ to clearly refute the claims and stick up for himself.

VALENCIA, SPAIN – JANUARY 15: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain (L) and Fernando Alonso of Spain (R) pose for the media during the launch of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 2007 MP4-22 F1 challenger at L’Heisferic, Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencas on January 15, 2007 in Valencia, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

The pair have not always seen eye-to-eye since Hamilton arrived at McLaren as a rookie and quickly usurped the then defending world champion on several occasions on track that season.

Thankfully this season, we’ve been shown the footage of the cooldown room where the podium sitters relax before going out to celebrate in front of the fans and their teams.

Race winner Max Verstappen was quick to comment on his rival from last season, pinning the blame on him immediately, claiming it wasn’t a car’s width given to Alonso before admitting it was a big hit.

His teammate Perez had no idea what had happened, he didn’t even know which Mercedes driver was involved and had to ask for clarification from Verstappen and Sainz. It just goes to show how focused the Mexican was on his own race.

The three drivers then went on to discuss Verstappen’s race and his start given how far back he was from his engine penalty, climbing several places on the opening lap after some smart overtakes and some cars crashing out ahead of him.

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