MERCEDES star Lewis Hamilton has insisted his crash with Fernando Alonso at the Belgian Grand Prix was his fault after being branded an ‘idiot’ by the Alpine ace.
The 37-year-old was forced to retire after coming into contact with the Spanish icon on the first lap at Spa.
In a spectacular clash between the Formula 1 legends, Hamilton flew over Alonso as he flew through the air.
Alonso raged over the team radio: “What an idiot!
“Close the door from the outside. I mean, we had a mega start.
“But this guy can only drive and start first.”
And Hamilton has responded to Alonso’s remarks as he acknowledged it was his fault.
He told Sky Sports: “I look back at the footage and he was in my blind spot and I didn’t give him enough space.
“So today it was my fault.
“I feel sorry for the team and I need to recover and get back on the treadmill.”
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Hamilton was then asked for his opinion on Alonso’s harsh words, although he insisted he didn’t care what his rival had to say.
He commented, “It really doesn’t matter what he said… I really don’t care.
“Like I said, it was my fault. I couldn’t see him, he was right in my blind spot.”
It’s the first time this season that Hamilton has failed to finish a race, with the GP being won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate George Russell finished fourth behind Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz, with Alonso completing the top five.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6096454/f1-lewis-hamitlon-crash-alonso-belgian-gp/ ‘I couldn’t see him’ – Lewis Hamilton admits Fernando Alonso’s crash after dramatic Belgian GP was HIS fault