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. JUGNU (@jugnu) said on 10th April 2011, 11:48

    It is simple. Alonso blew a certain podium position and worse he could get some penalty for the next race. It was an avoidable accident.

    • Bren said on 10th April 2011, 12:08

      why a penalty?

      and please give references to previous incidents.

      i will give you a few examples to help you out. Bahrain 08, Monza 10, singapore 10.

      i await a sensible answer(LOL)

  2. Hamilton did that on purpose. two things can be done, get on the power early to defend or get on the power late and pray ur car isnt damaged if and when the guy hits u. those r just the sort of unsportsman-like dirty tricks Hamilton does. Last year weaving to break the tow from Petrov(dangerous driving!!) Hamilton just got lucky he didnt get a puncture. Im glad Fernando finished ahead of him. Ferrari is coming back. FORZA!!!!

    • Oliver said on 10th April 2011, 11:59

      You forgot to add Hamilton’s dirty trick of running wide so Webber will follow and crash into the wall. Or running so slow to bring out the safety car and slow down the race to give a chance to rain falling. All dirty tricks, I know.

    • Bren said on 10th April 2011, 12:09

      nah mate. lewis never did that.

    • kita said on 11th April 2011, 14:06

      why would Hamilton do it on purpose. It was obviously Alonso’s mistake, he clipped the back of Hamilton because he didnt realise he was that close to him. End of. Hamilton doesnt do Dirty tricks, if i remember correctly, Alonso was the one with all the dirty tricks in 07, staying in the pit box so Hamilton wouldnt be able to get a qualifying lap in. Everyone does errors but it doesnt mean they are doing dirty tricks.

      HA! you make me laugh…that’s just pathetic.

  3. Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 10th April 2011, 12:06

    I can’t help but think that, while it’s true that Massa will be treated fairly if he keeps on par with Alonso performances, which is a massive job to do, it is much more difficult if pit crew screw it the very moment you are comfortably in front of him…

    No wonder about Massa’s reaction.

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

      ferrari already messed up alonso stop too. so not sure what your point is. as mclaren did lewis. ferrari and mclaren need to sort their pit stops out and fast.

      if there was team orders they would of moved massa out of the way on last lap.

      • Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 10th April 2011, 12:38

        My point is Massa’s point of view.
        He desperately needs to match Alonso performances and results, it has been said over and over again.
        He was doing it, and his pit crew messed up (Alonso might have had problem at the pit stop, but really no match to Massa’s left wheel problem).
        It’s already extremely hard for Massa, he’s in a critical point of his career, bad luck is the last thing he needs right now and it’s the one he’s experiencing.

        I can really understand the feelings he showed onboard, that’s it. I wasn’t talking about TO.

      • Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 10th April 2011, 12:44

        I’m also thinking about Button vs Massa battle in Australia when i talk about bad luck and bad moments. Alonso gained from that, overtaking Massa who was pretty much defenseless in that moment.
        Of course, Alonso was just doing his job perfectly. But being overtook by your team-mate beyond your own faults really adds to Massa’s critical situation and mental strenght.

  4. James (@jamesf1) said on 10th April 2011, 12:19

    An unfortunate incident. I was a little suprised to see Hamilton pushing Alonso right out though, even when he clearly knew he had a slower car. I’m not suggesting that Hamilton should have just pulled out of the way, but when you clearly have a much slower car, shouldnt he have given a little more consideration? If Hamilton was a Hispania car, on the same lap (unlikely, yes), we’d be cursing that driver for not getting out of the way.

    Essentially, there was more to gain for both if there was a little more sportmanship from both drivers. Hamilton would not have had any damage to the rear of his Mclaren and Alonso would have been on the podium.

    However, on the other hand, it’s this very rivalry which I love in F1. It’s similar to the Schumacher/Hakkinen, Schumacher/Hill, Senna/Prost/Mansell rivalries. It’s what F1 needs. It raises the tension and makes it more exciting to watch.

    Better luck next time Fernando!

    • Ellsbury said on 10th April 2011, 12:32

      let fernando thrugh?? funny!

      • tata said on 10th April 2011, 23:31

        not let fernando thrugh,but not lifting it for a sec so he would crash into him.alonso was better than him and in australia. the frrari just need to sort qualifying out. macca isnowhere near the ferrari or the bullsin race trim performance.

  5. Oliver said on 10th April 2011, 12:58

    “Our cars touched”.

    We’ve had various incidents in the past when walls have hit cars and Ammcos have overtaken drivers and gone ahead to brake test them. So nothing unusual in Alonso’s comment. :-)

  6. Mouse_Nightshirt said on 10th April 2011, 13:10

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

  7. Calum (@calum) said on 10th April 2011, 15:39

    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.

  8. Electrolite said on 10th April 2011, 15:57

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

  9. Steve said on 11th April 2011, 1:49

    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.

  10. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 11th April 2011, 3:27

    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.

  11. Randall said on 11th April 2011, 12:09

    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.

  12. chemakal said on 11th April 2011, 12:14

    Nice Tabloid news heading, Keith

  13. 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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