Hamilton crash cost me a podium – Alonso

2011 Malaysian Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Sepang, 2011

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Sepang, 2011

Fernando Alonso said his collision with Lewis Hamilton may have cost him a top-three finish in Malaysia.

Alonso clipped the back of Hamilton’s car while trying to pass the McLaren, breaking his front win.

Alonso said: “It was very close. The rear wing didn’t work for me in last part of the race so I couldn’t overtake in straight line which was the best place.

“Unfortunately we touched and I broke my front wing and we had to pit again.

“It cost me maybe a podium today but we will try again in China.”

However Alonso said Ferrari’s pace was “much better” in the race following their problems in qualifying.

“Today we were fighting wheel to wheel with the McLarens and Webber. That was a surprise for us because in Melbourne we were not close enough.”

Both drivers have been summoned to appear before the stewards following the collision.

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126 comments on Hamilton crash cost me a podium – Alonso

  1. TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 10th April 2011, 11:19

    It also cost Hamilton a podium. Maybe we’ll call Alonso the new “Crash Kid” who can’t overtake ;P

    • driftin said on 10th April 2011, 11:21

      It also cost Hamilton a podium.

      I don’t think so. There were other reasons for that, mainly to do with the hard tyres Lewis was on.

      • john said on 10th April 2011, 12:40

        Alonso needs to get his head out of his own proverbial and admit when he makes a mistake instead of saying “we collided”.

        • That’ true. And, Alonso needs to go back to racing school and learn how to overtake cleanly. It’s a basic skill he repeatedly seems to lack. This isn’t the first time he cannot overtake Hamilton. He failed in Indianapolis 2007 too. This time the McLaren so down on pace on the hard tyres when compared to the Ferrari that Alonso should have easily got past with or without DRS. His overtaking skills seem to be non-existant!

          • kinz (@kinz) said on 10th April 2011, 19:31

            Hamilton was losing alot of time even before he was hit, i doubt he lost out on the podium and what ’bout McL strategies? they didnt help… bring on P3 China cant wait.

    • RIISE (@riise) said on 10th April 2011, 11:23

      How did it cost Hamilton a podium? He was well of the pace with no hope of returning.

      Hamilton dropped the throttle as he was on the straight which was strange so Alonso just didn’t expect it.

      • Are you implying that Lewis brake-tested Alonso? C’mon man, you might be a fan of Alonso but this is a bit too wild

        • RIISE (@riise) said on 10th April 2011, 11:41

          How is dropping the throttle brake testing? It just looked a bit strange how much pace Alonso gained within a split second. What turned into a straight forward pass was suddenly a quick dash to get out of the way.

          • driftin said on 10th April 2011, 11:49

            How do you know he dropped the throttle?

          • Bigbadderboom (@bigbadderboom) said on 10th April 2011, 11:50

            Several times during the race Alonso was using other drivers as markers, even if there was a doubt over that incident Ferrari and Alonso would be all over it. I agree Hamiltons strategy cost him the podium and Alonso would have got 3rd without the incident but to imply wrong doing on Hamiltons part is probably a Red tinted view on the incident.

          • infy (@infy) said on 10th April 2011, 12:20

            Keep in mind that Alonso is not blaming Lewis. So no need for all of you to get super defensive now.

            It was a racing incident and imo Alonso paid a bigger price considering Lewis was going to have to pit again anyway.

          • ;379 said on 10th April 2011, 21:40

            he didnt drop the throttle at all. Alonso’s sharp duck out from the slipstreamcreated the impression of a sudden speed difference but the closing speed of Alonso remained the same until contact imo

        • Roman said on 11th April 2011, 11:56

          How do you know he dropped the throttle? by hearing in the audio.

    • Eric said on 10th April 2011, 11:25

      Lewis wasn’t ending up on the podium today. He ran wide and let Webber through and then pitted again.

    • Eggry (@eggry) said on 10th April 2011, 11:28

      Crash or not Hamilton could not get on the podium today. if crash, as we all know both of them out, if not, Alonso would have passed him and got on the podium. so there’s no room for Hamilton.

    • BBT (@bbt) said on 10th April 2011, 11:30

      I don’t think it did.
      Hamilton was going backwards at a rate before that. It probably cost him 5th though.

      • Hatebreeder said on 10th April 2011, 11:50

        alonso just went in too deep before he came out of the slipstream. only good thing, he didnt puncture lewis’s tyre in the process. that wud’ve ruined hamilton’s race even more.

    • tata said on 10th April 2011, 23:05

      what race you watch? by reading your comment I can see how biased you are. Hamilton had nothing going on. alonso was way faster than him and alonso was faster than button and would has pass him if it wasn’t because of the crash and the fact that his dsr wasn’t working.
      last but not least alonso was the 2nd fastest car in the race and he was the second fastest in australia. the ferrari team just need to figure what’s going on on qualifying. about calling him ‘crash kid” how many pass alonso has made in the last few seasons and how many times he has crashed. Almost never! don’t you remember when hamilton crashed into alonso a few years back. just watch how many cars alonso has passed in the last two races.
      just check some facts before writing biased and stupid comments.

      • avegaille (@avegaille) said on 11th April 2011, 7:30

        I agree with what you said. Just remember last year, Hamilton in Monza and Singapore, he crashed whilst trying to overtake. Those were racing incidents too but these guys calling Alonso a “crash kid” is quite unfair.

    • tata said on 10th April 2011, 23:11

      and I agree with someone here. it seems as hamilton lift it for a moment intentionally and that cuahgt alonso off guard. it would be really need to see the telemetry data

    • mfDB said on 11th April 2011, 14:55

      Tommy – are you kidding! he doesn’t crash nearly as much as Hamilton…or Webber….or Vettel….or Massa…and so on and so on. I can only think of one last year – Monaco qualifying.

  2. DavidS (@davids) said on 10th April 2011, 11:19

    Yep, it did cost you dearly Fernando.
    However, there’s no-one to blame but yourself.

    • Bren said on 10th April 2011, 11:56

      it was just one of them things. racing incident but alonso fault.

      but it wasnt a ‘its his fault’ incident

      just racing.

      like bahrain 08 when lewis hit the back of him. 2 cars with different closing speeds. lewis did nothing wrong. and fernando couldnt really do that much more. he wouldnt of expected lewis to be that slow. Braking or lifting wouldnt of stopped it infact braking or lifting would of meant he hit the middle of the car and would of been even worse.

      racing incident 100%

    • Toni said on 10th April 2011, 12:17

      He is not blaming any one. He is just saying that crash cost him a third place. Hamilton at that point was not in the race, he was totally on defensive. But on the incident, only Alonso come out with damages, Hamilton was ok after that, so I don’t see how it cost him a 5th place.
      And yes, at the moment of the crash Hamilton did had a strange slow down.

    • stannbg said on 10th April 2011, 13:36

      not sure.Hammilton slow down it was clear.I hope it was just a race fact not a brake test.

  3. driftin said on 10th April 2011, 11:20

    Definitely. Unfortunately for him it was his own fault.

    I seriously doubt Hamilton was brake-testing him as they suggested on the BBC forum. He was just slow.

  4. Atticus said on 10th April 2011, 11:20

    If only you had kept your cool like Kobayashi or someone did at the exact same place in the exact same situation one lap later…

    Shame.

  5. Wallbreaker said on 10th April 2011, 11:21

    I was surprised by Ferrari´s/Alonso´s performance today, they were strong enough to fight for second position, several pit stop mistakes cost him that but he was still able to fight for P3. Shame that this collision cost him all.

    • Solo (@solo) said on 10th April 2011, 13:25

      That’s what i noticed more about the whole thing too. Ferrari aren’t really much slower than Red Bull and Mclaren in the race. They simply have a qualifying problem.
      This means they are actually a lot more in this championship than we think they are.

  6. driftin said on 10th April 2011, 11:22

    All that being said I think Alonso’s DRS failure made for more exciting racing. Weird, eh.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 10th April 2011, 11:37

      I agree. He says it himself

      The rear wing didn’t work for me in last part of the race so I couldn’t overtake in straight line which was the best place.

      I think DRS was just a bit too much here.

    • Solo (@solo) said on 10th April 2011, 13:30

      I agree too. DRS was disappointing in this race. This was exactly what i was afraid of seeing and i saw them today. Being in-frond was like a disadvantage. If the other car had DRS and Kers you were a sitting duck.
      In Melbourne is was subtle enough. Here it was ridiculous.

      I don’t want to see this kind of overtaking. They were cruising threw. Fake **** racing.

  7. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 10th April 2011, 11:22

    Nice showing by Ferrari and Alonso, this is how you keep in it when you don’t have the raw pace (well, don’t have accidents either but you get my point).

    • Atticus said on 10th April 2011, 11:27

      Yeah that’s quite promising. I mean race pace. Slow pit stops + DRS failure and he was still able to keep it up with the pack at the front. I think with all thing going well he could have snatched a second place.

      Qualifying – that’s where issues have to be addressed for Turkey or as a last resort for Spain.

    • Ads21 (@ads21) said on 10th April 2011, 11:36

      Yer I was on balance happy with the race, despite the result Ferrari showed some positive pace in race and was quicker than Vettel for a long period and should really have gotten a podium. Still need to have must pace but it seems all is not lost.

    • Solo (@solo) said on 10th April 2011, 13:32

      But they did have pace. That was the surprise. The pace was missing only in qualifying.

  8. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 10th April 2011, 11:24

    Hamilton crash cost me a podium – Alonso

    No, Fernando. Your mistake cost you a podium. I don’t really see how Hamilton can take any of the blame for that one. He didn’t cut, he didn’t weave, and he was clearly slower than you. You just blew it, that’s all.

    • Yes it was Fernando’s fault but I don’t think he’s blaming Lewis he just says the crash cost him.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 10th April 2011, 11:28

        Well, that’s the way it comes off in the article title.

        • Eric said on 10th April 2011, 11:32

          Is it the title or the comment of the driver that really matters?

          • Ads21 (@ads21) said on 10th April 2011, 11:44

            +1

            Tbh I saw the title and knew we’d get dozens of “Alonso’s moaning” comments but thats the way it goes. Alonso was absolutely correct in his analysis that the incident cost him a podium, and he didn’t blame Lewis for it. I don’t know what people have a problem with, people seem to become completely irrational when there’s any incident involving Alonso and/or Hamilton.

        • RIISE (@riise) said on 10th April 2011, 11:33

          No it doesn’t, it comes across as he’s saying the crash with Lewis (Which is what it was) cost him. It was 100% his fault but it was a “Hamilton crash” in terms of Alonso.

          If Petrov had of done that would you say the same thing?

          • IceMan said on 11th April 2011, 5:44

            as he’s saying the crash with Lewis (Which is what it was) cost him

            What do you expect him to say? a crash with bernie ecclestone cost him podium?

          • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 11th April 2011, 8:41

            Come on guys, I think we are getting a bit picky here.

        • Santi said on 10th April 2011, 11:35

          You are just parsing the title in a very particular way. “Hamilton crash” is just the label he gives to the incident he had.

        • If he will say it in SPANISH it’s different story. Lost in translation..

        • Todfod (@todfod) said on 10th April 2011, 12:40

          @PM. Give the article a better read. He isn’t blaming Hamilton. Maybe it could be a little bias clouding your judgement.

        • Julian said on 10th April 2011, 12:46

          I’m assuming Keith wrote that title, if Alonso said it, it would be in quotation marks just like all the other articles where the title contains a quotation. ie “We pitted too early” – Hamilton and Vettel: “You put your trousers down and see what you’ve got”.

          You’ve just let your Alonso hate blind you from reality. Again.

      • lluis said on 10th April 2011, 11:50

        Answering questions for a spanish TV he clearly blamed Hamilton for making “dangerous movements at 300 km/h”, for the amazement of the journalists. As always, it is never his fault.

        • Ads21 (@ads21) said on 10th April 2011, 12:29

          Stick a micro-phone in front of an adrenaline filled driver after they get out of the car and they will always tell a one-sided and completely distorted view of what happened. See what Button said about the Massa incident immediately after it happened or what Vettel said about the incident with Webber in Turkey.

          Even when I go Karting no one will ever admit error in a controversial incident immediately after it happens. Racing drivers always believe they’re right, its part of their competitive nature. People hold Alonso to an unrealistic standard because they want to claim he’s a somehow worse than other racing drivers.

    • Wallbreaker said on 10th April 2011, 11:28

      Come on. He said “Hamilton crash” meaning the collision with Hamilton, which is true, because it damaged his front wing, costing him a podium. There is no word he blames Hamilton for that one.

    • bananarama (@bananarama) said on 10th April 2011, 11:30

      He didn’t say Hamilton cost him a podium, he said Hamilton crash cost him a podium which means the crash into Hamiltons car. He coud have left the Hamilton-word out of it, but he did in no way imply that it was Hamiltons fault.

      It was a stupid mistake, but things happen. Would have preferred seeing him on the podium after a really good race for him (up to that point).

      • What everyone other than PM said :P Sorry PM but I really don’t think he’s blaming Lewis here.

        • judo chop said on 10th April 2011, 12:08

          Alonso “Unfortunately we touched”

          Not exactly the same as the title but still a somewhat dishonest comment since it was 100% his own fault.

      • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 10th April 2011, 13:47

        Agree, he doesn’t seem to be blaming the other driver, just the incident, doesn’t really talk about blame for it, just the fact it happened. He is right that he could have been on the podium if it hadn’t been for that.

    • Horacio said on 10th April 2011, 16:16

      I agree 100%. But then this is what Alonso has been doing since he arrived to McLaren: always blaming the guys in front of him.

  9. Ferrari had good pace today. Massa had at least 4 overtakes, Alo was driving beautifully too then it seemed to go wrong with bad pitstops and that mistake by Fernando. Good raw performance but silly errors cost them.

    • Eggry (@eggry) said on 10th April 2011, 11:31

      Yeah, they have to be pleased with performance. now they need to find quali pace then they could challenge to Redbull and Mclaren. but it would be much better if they got good result today.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 10th April 2011, 11:40

      I think they can be satisfied with their position now. Massa showed very solid racing, shame about Alonso but they were close enough in the race.

      Know what to work on, get it going for the next races.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 10th April 2011, 12:14

        Actually I had forgot about Massa having a problem in his pitstop (did we see that, actually? FOM?).

        So if he lost several places there, he might have been even within a shout of the podium as well.

        • They did show it. It was a very slow stop as they had a problem with the front left tyre.

          • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 11th April 2011, 9:07

            You’re going to love this one Steph – Massa was Ferrari’s best driver in Sepang! Alonso may have finished higher had he not crashed, but let’s enjoy Massa’s form while we can, eh? :P

    • They need a complete overhaul of the team that does the pit-stops. The Monza pit-stop was only one of the best pitstops from Ferrari last season while RB seem to be making it a habit. Ferrari are losing 6-8 seconds a race because of pitstops and now that they have more stops than previous years, it would do well to release the car faster. The race pace is a lot better, hope they come back stronger.

      Forza Ferrari!

  10. Eggry (@eggry) said on 10th April 2011, 11:26

    1. Slow pit stop gives his position to Button&Hamilton

    2. He was too hurry to pass Hamilton even though he was much faster.

    I’m so sorry for today as his fan. really…

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 10th April 2011, 12:44

      Yeah I’m disappointed as well. I thought he would learn from all the errors he made at the start of last season.

    • chemakal said on 11th April 2011, 12:02

      He was too hurry to pass Ham for 2 reasons:

      – It’s expected to be quicker on fresh hard tyres for ar 5 laps, thereafter performance equals
      – At that point Alonso was aiming for position 2.

      Now what the hell is going on with the Ferrari pit guys! Too many errors

  11. Ivan Vinitskyy (@ivan-vinitskyy) said on 10th April 2011, 11:27

    Ferrari have many positives to take from this race. I think Alonso should be pleased with today especially since he’s the kind of guy who looks ahead.

    • Wallbreaker said on 10th April 2011, 11:35

      Yeah, it´s positive, but at the same time I´m angry on the way things turned out. Too many mistakes today can cost him the championship in November. Remember Fernando struggling in Malaysia last year and think about how things could have been different in abu Dhabi if he had finished last year´s Malaysian Grand Prix on the podium…

      • Bren said on 10th April 2011, 12:01

        he had no clutch last year in australia and was still about to get points until the engine blew.

        so what do you mean mate?

  12. Alicia said on 10th April 2011, 11:28

    No, poor tire management cost Hamilton a podium. Alonso forgetting to press the brake pedal cost him a podium.

    If only Hamilton were as sensitive to his tires as his apologists are to his feelings…

    • BBT (@bbt) said on 10th April 2011, 11:32

      No a poor set of tyres did… no consistency they were slow straight out of the pits nothing to do with tyre management.

    • Oliver said on 10th April 2011, 11:53

      I think it is impossible to wear out your tyres before you exit the pits. So far no driver has been able to achieve that feat and neither did Hamilton. The tyres wear DOA.

    • Bren said on 10th April 2011, 12:04

      if he pressed brake pedal once realising how slow lewis was out of the corner he would of just speared straight into the back of him (like webber/kova).

      it was fernandos fault, but braking wouldnt of achieved much.

      just a misjudgment. but more of that will happen with cars running around in totally different phase of tyres management and closing speeds.

  13. F1Lover said on 10th April 2011, 11:30

    “Unfortunately we touched and I broke my front wing and we had to pit again

    WE TOUCHED? lol… should say “I” touched!

    • Wallbreaker said on 10th April 2011, 11:37

      Someone teach people in this comments section how to interpret statements of the drivers…

    • Santi said on 10th April 2011, 11:38

      Man, you really are desperately looking for something in his words to hit back at him, aren’t you?

      • Wallbreaker said on 10th April 2011, 11:47

        Nope, but it is obvoius that some are desperately looking to blame someone for something he said it was his fault and twist his words just to have another reason to express their antipathy for him. See the “Hamilton crash” discussion above.

        • infy (@infy) said on 10th April 2011, 12:32

          Wallbreaker is correct. The title is a bit “tabloid” like though.

          And he was correct to say “we” touched, because they did touch.

          People read too much into non-english speaking drivers expressions. They dont always say what they mean because of the language gap.

          You need to look at what they say and then remember that its about as reliable was winter testing…

        • F1Lover said on 10th April 2011, 19:21

          I am not trying to be harsh on him or whatever you think…

          Why can’t he just be honest and take reponsability? say; I tried to overtake him, made a mistake and hit him? Saying WE touched is simply arrogance.

          It has got nothing to do with beeing spanish or english. If they were isde by side i would have understood but he was behind…He hit him from behind not from the side.

          Alonso’s english is quiet good and he knows the difference betwen WE and I.

  14. Becken said on 10th April 2011, 11:35

    Alonso in stewards room.

  15. ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 10th April 2011, 11:48

    No, Ferrari cost both their drivers a podium by having bad pitstops.

    I reckon the stewards should clamp down on Alonso here. We’ve seen a few near misses in recent years of cars darting out from behind too late, and it isn’t a trend that should continue for safety reasons.

    • RIISE (@riise) said on 10th April 2011, 11:55

      Ferrari were awful with pit stops today. Completely took Massa out of the running.

    • Bren said on 10th April 2011, 12:07

      clamp down on a alonso? get a grip man

      lewis never got penalised for doing the same error in bahrain 08 which no one has mentioned.

      and lewis never penalties for racing incidents with massa and webber last season. and rightly so you cant penalise people for racing.

      only for purpose take outs which is very rare.

    • infy (@infy) said on 10th April 2011, 12:35

      Clamping down on Alonso for what exactly? Expecting Lewis to drive fast?

      Is it really unusual to expect Lewis to drive fast? So unusual that Alonso should have expected it?

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