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Fernando Alonso

Alonso: Verstappen/Hamilton clash 'not a big thing' like Silverstone

Fernando Alonso believes that the latest coming together between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen can be deemed a racing incident, and feels their previous clash at Silverstone was more serious.

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Fernando Alonso thinks that the collision that occurred between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix was a bigger deal than their latest run-in at Monza.

The title rivals were both forced to retire from the Italian Grand Prix following their crash on Lap 26 of the race, with Verstappen's car ending up on top of the Mercedes going into the first chicane. The Dutchman will serve a three-place grid penalty for his role in the incident at the next event in Russia.

Alonso believes that the clash was a racing incident, and deems the high-speed collision that happened at Silverstone to have been more of a talking point.

"They are both champions, and they are always fighting to the limit," Alonso told select media including RacingNews365.com. "[At Monza], it seems [to be] an unfortunate position and corner.

"The car jumps a little bit and then they touch tyre with tyre, and the rubber makes [the Red Bull] fly [over the Mercedes]. But it's low speed, they are at 30 or 40kph. There is no danger, there is no nothing.

"I don't think that [it] was a big thing. Silverstone, probably yes, but [this was a] racing incident.

"I think Lewis tried to run wide in Turn 1, to force maybe Max to cut the corner. Max doesn't cut the corner, stays outside, but then there is no corner possible to make on the inside for Turn 2."

Alonso doesn't see that either driver was at fault for what happened, and thinks there were other similar incidents in the Grand Prix where those involved were simply luckier.

"I think they both did what they should do," the Spaniard explained. "And unfortunately they touched each other, because I saw the replay of the start as well, and [Antonio] Giovinazzi and [Charles] Leclerc, they touched in the same way.

"[Lance] Stroll and [Sergio] Perez, they touched at the start in the same way [at] Turns 1 and 2, but they didn't touch wheel-to-wheel, rubber-to-rubber, tyre-to-tyre, so there is not the same outcome.

"But this is a very typical manouevre [at] Turn 1, Turn 2, and they've been unlucky that they touched tyre with tyre."

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