Fernando Alonso paid a visit to the Mercedes motorhome yesterday to say sorry to Lewis Hamilton for calling him an ‘idiot’.
Alonso’s jibe came over the radio after they collided on the first lap in Belgium last Sunday. The Spaniard added that the seven-time world champion only knew how to drive from the front.
In his press conference yesterday ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix, Alonso undertook to apologise to Hamilton when they came together minutes later in the TV pen.
It went unpunished by the race stewards, who deemed it to be a racing incident.Despite being stung by the criticism, Hamilton accepted responsibility for the collision.He asked for — and received — a cap signed by Hamilton which had been mocked up by Mercedes earlier in the week with a sticker that read: ‘For Fernando’.
Of his radio outburst, the Alpine driver said: ‘Nothing I said about Lewis is true and there are facts that show the opposite. I have absolutely no problems with him.
‘I have huge respect for him. He is a champion, a legend of our time.
‘When you say something against a British driver, there is a huge media involvement afterwards. If you say something to a Latin driver, everything is a bit more fun.‘But I apologise. It was the heat of the moment, we were fighting in the top two and that made me say comments that I should not say.
‘Things are broadcast on the radio when you should have a little bit of privacy with your team.
‘I will be very quiet in the future and not part of a show I don’t agree with.’