Lewis Hamilton was called out by Fernando Alonso when he left no space for the Spaniard at the beginning of the Belgian GP. Calling the 7-time world champion an “idiot”, Alonso lashed out at the driver after the shunt.
The opening lap at Spa-Francorchamps was a dramatic one with Hamilton attempting to overtake Alonso on the outside at Turn 5. But the Brit closed in on Alonso far too early, forcing wheel-to-wheel contact and launching the Mercedes into the air. Hamilton continued to drive, but was soon forced to retire from the race with floor damage and fluids pouring out of his broken car.
Alonso didn’t take kindly to this move:
“Yeah, what an idiot! Closing the door from the outside,” Alonso shouted down the radio.
“I mean, we had a mega start, but this guy only knows how to drive and start in first!”
Stopping his car at Blanchimont, Hamilton started his long walk to the pits as the safety car was deployed thanks to a hit between Nicholas Latifi and Valtteri Bottas which left the latter retiring from the race as his car became beached.
No further action was taken by race stewards.
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