Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso ‘still have needle between them’ as row reignites

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LEWIS HAMILTON was caught behind each Alpine drivers on the Monaco Grand Prix as he completed eighth.

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Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso ‘nonetheless have needle between them’ greater than a decade on from their 2007 rivalry, says Martin Brundle. The Sky Sports activities pundit claimed Alonso went right into a ‘regular’ tyre preservation throughout the race.

This compelled Hamilton to line up behind him and scupper any possibilities of the Briton difficult for a top-five end. Nonetheless, Alonso then ‘bizarrely took off’ to set one of many quickest laps of the race, suggesting he was backing Hamilton up the entire time.

Writing in his weekly Sky Sports activities column, Brundle mentioned: “Norris had that luxurious of an additional cease as a result of behind him Fernando Alonso went into a gentle, however vital for him, tyre preservation mode with the remainder of the sector queued up behind him, beginning with a really pissed off Lewis Hamilton. ‘That is not my drawback’ mentioned Fernando, and you may’t assist however sense there’s nonetheless needle between them after their McLaren season as team-mates again in 2007.

“Fernando then bizarrely took off for some time and did the third quickest lap of the race to retain seventh place. Eighth was Hamilton who would usually have excelled in such circumstances given some clear air.”

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Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso 'still have needle between them' as row reignites

Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso should still have a rivalry, warns Brundle (Picture: Getty)

Tensions between the pair exploded once they have been McLaren team-mates in 2007, forcing Alonso to depart the group a yr later to return to Renault. Nonetheless, it seems there’s nonetheless some animosity within the air after a collection of complaints between the groups on Sunday.

Mercedes informed Hamilton that Alonso’s tempo was ‘very sluggish compared’ to the vehicles round them. However Alonso hit again claiming it was not his drawback that Hamilton was getting pissed off behind him throughout the race.

Workforce principal Toto Wolff additionally weighed in on the argument, claiming Alonso was utilizing techniques to carry up Hamilton.

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Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso 'still have needle between them' as row reignites

Lewis Hamilton was caught behind Fernando Alonso (Picture: Getty)

He mentioned: “5 seconds is sort of a Method Two automotive. That is such a spectacle right here, a implausible venue and it’s all the time wonderful to be right here. However we have to perhaps look in a method on the format the place we will principally shut the loop for going 5 seconds slower and vehicles nonetheless can’t overtake.”

Wolff claimed Hamilton may have simply caught the vehicles in entrance to presumably battle for a top-five end.

He added: “[Hamilton] may have been proper there and closed Lando’s pit cease window and even have fought with Lando and George within the entrance as a result of that was his tempo. The regs are the regs and there’s nothing to say. You possibly can see one other lesson that monitor place is all the things in Monaco.”

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