Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Sepang, 2011

Hamilton crash cost me a podium – Alonso

2011 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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  1. Mouse_Nightshirt
    10th April 2011, 13:10

    Now he has a 20 second penalty to boot. So it cost him more than a podium!

  2. The best overtakes are when the driver gets right up behind the car in front, deep in the slipstream and at the very last second they whip out. It looks so dangerous and risky, as the rear car passes unbeleivable close to the front runner – which makes it all the sweeter!

    Unfortunately for Alonso, he just got too close.

  3. Ha, Keith, you really might as well have named the article ‘Hamilton vs Alonso – discuss’ :P

  4. Pathetic decision by the stewards. No penalty should have been given. It was a racing incident. Purely and simply. This does nothing to ‘encourage overtaking’ in Formula one.

  5. I think Alonso underestimated his pace, when his got the tow, may be he used KERS which gave him a boost & couldn’t control his pace relative to his driving.

  6. Hamilton being knocked by alonso was a penalty in itself.It caused bad irrepairable damage and he dropped places because of it.And then still to impose a 20 second penalty to drop him further is once again the FIA showing their backing of ferrari.The 20 second penalty did not hurt alonso at all.

  7. Nice Tabloid news heading, Keith

    1. How do you mean? That’s what he said.

  8. Moving on from the usual playground debate, it was also worth noting what a poor start FA had again. In his Renault days he was regularly doing great starts – not really seen great stuff from him off the grid for quite a while.

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