Alonso denies blame for Hamilton crash

Today’s Bahrain Grand Prix saw the latest development in the Lewis Hamilton-Fernando Alonso rivalry. Hamilton hit the back of Alonso’s Renault causing the McLaren driver to lose his front wing.

Alonso denied he was responsible, saying: “The McLaren was just a lot faster than my car and he crashed into me.” Hamilton has not yet commented on the incident – but Alonso’s defensive driving has been criticised for causing accidents in the past.

David Coulthard blamed Alonso for causing this crash in the 2003 European Grand Prix:

Coulthard claimed Alonso had deliberately braked early for the corner to force him to take avoiding action and go off. Did Alonso do something similar today – perhaps easing off the throttle to cause Hamilton to make a mistake? Or did Hamilton just misjudge how much quicker he was?

Whatever happened it’s likely to inflame the unpopularity of Hamilton in Spain with the Spanish Grand Prix the next stop on the calendar.

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122 comments on Alonso denies blame for Hamilton crash

  1. frecon said on 6th April 2008, 15:15

    Ok Derek, i buy you that one, Alonso is a driver who play unfairly. Is he also stupid?

    Brake test is a movement to force at the other driver to change direction, not to cause an accident. If Alonso did a break test so late that hamilton couldn’t avoid the collision, he was also damaging himself.

    Maybe ITV sholud learn that Hamilton is not going to win all the times. Hamilton fails, like all the drivers does.

  2. Dave said on 6th April 2008, 15:18

    Maybe 100% throttle is unrealistic, and "break tests" or lifting is a perfectly legal move. But the telemetry will clearly show if he was driving that section of track differently to usual. Renault team apparently broadcast their telemetry on their website. I’d guess most the paddock already know what happened.

    Even if he lifted i don’t think it was reckless driving. Cheeky, but not dangerous. The resulting collision wasn’t particularly spectacular.

    The difference in speed was certainly a bit odd.

  3. Leah said on 6th April 2008, 15:18

    I think this is all blown up because ITV don’t think Hamilton can make mistakes. Had Hamilton crashed into anybody bar Alonso it wouldn’t be this big a deal. Or had someone else crashed into Alonso bar Hamilton it wouldn’t be speculated he did it on purpose!

  4. Architrion said on 6th April 2008, 15:20

    Seriously I think Hamilton needs to relearn F1 driving… last year that supercomputerized machines did a lot of work by him, managing the engine power, redistributing brake power and balance on each turn, launch control, etc. (it has been said that there were a different engine setting for each turn………)

    But this year is a complete different business… he needs to acquire the instinct that comes after battling with such dog of a car like a Minardi, a Jaguar, a last year Renault, an Honda or a last year Toyota. Wild reactions with no margin for error: no more full throttle, watch for the kerbs, be careful braking, and be aware of the front car.

  5. amackayj said on 6th April 2008, 15:22

    What on earth does Alonso have to gain by ‘brake testing’ Hamilton? 

    I seem to recall Vettel running into the back of Webber thanks to Hamilton’s antics behind the SC last year.  Vettel got punished for that, so surely Hamilton should get punished for running into Alonso?

    I do hope that ITV gets a letter from Alonso’s lawyers for slander.  They have absolutely no proof and they could hardly talk about anything else.

    Perhaps they should have talked about Lewis’ start, instead…

  6. Fabregas said on 6th April 2008, 15:32

    Of course Alonso lifted his foot off the accelerator, its not worth getting into an argument but time will tell!!

  7. Derek said on 6th April 2008, 15:32


    It was Hamilton who got called into the Stewards at Fuji ie. the car in front!! So Alonso should provide his print out if he has nothing to hide.

  8. Architrion said on 6th April 2008, 15:34

    Another bite of reality (and after this I’ll slow down and watch the battle). Why McLaren haven’t said anything about the incident at this moment?

  9. Derek said on 6th April 2008, 15:36

    I think McLaren will make sure they have all their ‘ducks in a row’ before saying enything.

  10. Rohan said on 6th April 2008, 15:36

    Derek – if your memory was working you would recall that Hamilton only got called into the stewards after massive uproar by the drivers themselves. Initially Vettel was deemed solely to blame.

    We all know that Hamilton has a history of driving as if no-one else is on the road (yet another part of his disgraceful arrogance), so this incident should come as no surprise to anyone who follows F1 closely enough.

  11. Rohan said on 6th April 2008, 15:37

    Architrion, McLaren haven’t said anything because (and I quote) they "see no benefit from having Alonso reprimanded". This is complete bull and is yet another indicator of McLaren’s double standards.

  12. Leah said on 6th April 2008, 15:41

    Architrion, obviously because they know Hamilton was to blame not Alonso.

  13. Derek said on 6th April 2008, 15:42

     Rohan   Granted,I have been accused (justifiably some might say) of selective memory in the past but not for my lack of knowledge or passion for F1. In this case I just happen to be a Hamilton fan, and what’s so wrong with that.

  14. Eraj said on 6th April 2008, 15:42

    Anyone heard the word avenge guys, Alonso is not a good sportsman, prolly chuckling to himself right now.

  15. Architrion said on 6th April 2008, 15:43

    We could create a fan club here on the basis of the McLaren’s double standards      :-))

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