Fernando Alonso is a ‘winning’ driver says Lewis Hamilton
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Fernando Alonso has defended Lewis Hamilton following the collision with Max Verstappen at Silverstone last month. The two title rivals hit each other in the early stages of the race which resulted in the Red Bull driver spinning off the track and crashing into the wall.
Hamilton was given a 10-second penalty for the part he played in the incident, but it did not prevent him from going on to win the British Grand Prix.
Alonso stuck up for former teammate Hamilton as he called the incident unfortunate and does not think it will set a precedent moving forward.
The Spanaird told RacingNews365.com: “No, I don’t think so. The incident was just unfortunate.
“It was an unlucky corner, an unlucky position, an unlucky fight. I don’t think it was intentional, so there’s no need for a heavier penalty.
“What people probably depict is consistent punishment, but it’s hard to be consistent when every incident is unique. No incident is the same, they are all different.”
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An example of a big crash that resulted in a heavy penalty was the beginning of the Belgian GP in 2012.
Romain Grosjean came into contact with Lewis Hamilton with the British driver being flung into the air and crashing over others, including Alonso.
“When I think back to 2012, I was competing for the World Championship,” the Spanaird added. “Grosjean was suspended for one race, but I’m sure he didn’t mean to send Hamilton and himself flying over me.
“Nobody does that on purpose.”
Regardless of how tough or lenient a punishment is, Alonso doubts it will affect how the drivers will approach each race.
“When people remember those kind of penalties, they think Hamilton’s penalty at Silverstone isn’t enough,” Alonso stated.
“However, what happened there isn’t the same as what happened at Spa in 2012. As I said, every incident is unique so I don’t think that crash sets a precedent.
“We’ll just keep racing hard, but as clean as possible. I’m sure of that.”
During the Hungarian Grand Prix at the beginning of the month, The 40-year-old kept Hamilton at bay for several laps with some great defending, ultimately costing the Mercedes driver a chance to win the race.
After the race, Alonso said that he was keeping track of the race situation on his own, and used that information in his incredible defensive effort.
He said: “On the fight, no the team didn’t tell me anything, but I knew more or less what the situation of the race was.
“I felt honestly I could not hold him for more than one or two laps.”
The two-time F1 champ added: “But on the last couple of corners he seemed to struggle to follow me and then it was enough to open up a gap on the straight and defend.
“I think he learned a couple of different lines in the last three corners after 10 laps behind me and he was able to pass Carlos in just one lap applying those new lines, so that was it.”
The F1 season is currently on its summer break but the drivers will be back in action next weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix.
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