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

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  1. chuck said on 19th April 2008, 9:41

    Coulthard is a reference in crach controversy, only 3 GP and he crashed with massa and button, last year he was over Wurz which is a really new way of getting pass !

  2. James Steventon said on 20th April 2008, 7:00

    Alonso can deny all he wants to, but whether he is guilty or not, there will always be suspicion. All he can do is ignore it and continue to develop what is a terribly poor Renault F1 car.
    As for Lewis Hamilton, the real damage to his Bahrain Grand Prix was done at the start. The crash with Alonso only compounded matters.
    In many ways it was identical to last year’s race in Brazil. Hamilton had a poor start, and then compounded it with a desperate lunge that took him off the race circuit. 
    The good thing about what happened, was the way in which both parties have handled themselves. I was fully expecting Hamilton or Ron Dennis to publicly slam Alonso for the accident, but both Hamilton and Dennis responded professionally and with dignity. Alonso too, kept his words brief and to the point.
    One thing is for certain, this kind of situation will happen again. Think Schumacher/Hill, Mansell/Piquet or Prost/Senna. The events of last year will stay with these two drivers, believe me!  

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