Fernando Alonso feels the Lewis Hamilton's and Max Verstappen's collision on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix was a racing incident. The championship protagonists fought each other very hard through the first nine corners before coming to blows at Copse.
Hamilton was awarded a 10-second time penalty but went on to win the race whilst Verstappen was sent to hospital to be checked. He has since been given the all-clear.
“It is difficult from the outside,” Alonso told RacingNews365.com and other members of the press. “It looked quite close, Lewis had more than half a car alongside Max.
“So in a way, Lewis could not disappear from the inside line, it’s not that you can vanish. It was an unfortunate moment of the race, but nothing intentional or nothing that any of the two drivers did wrong in my opinion. That was an unlucky moment."
Daniel Ricciardo claims Hamilton was at fault whilst Valtteri Bottas suspected contact was inevitable between the pair.
“I saw them fighting during lap one, a bit like Saturday," said Bottas. “I had a feeling something was gonna happen but obviously they were fighting hard. That kind of thing happens, that’s racing. It can happen when you fight hard and you don’t give up.
“I’m just happy Max is fine because it was a big shunt. But I really feel like Lewis fully deserved the win today.”
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