Fernando Alonso brands Lewis Hamilton an ‘idiot’ in explosive radio message after crash

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FERNANDO ALONSO and Lewis Hamilton were involved in a collision in the first lap of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso brands Lewis Hamilton an 'idiot' in explosive radio message after crash

Lewis Hamilton was sent flying after hitting Fernando Alonso’s tyre (Image: SKYSPORTS) SUBSCRIBE Invalid email

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Fernando Alonso has launched an explosive attack on Lewis Hamilton for his role in the pair’s crash in the opening lap of the Belgian Grand Prix. Alonso started ahead of Hamilton on the track and both of them got a strong start, getting past Sergio Perez.

Hamilton was in the slipstream of his former team-mate heading into the chicane and moved to the outside to try and make his move. Alonso was unyielding, but Hamilton still tried to dive in and take the line into the next corner.

But he cut too far, making contact with Alonso’s front left tyre with the Mercedes car being sent flying in the air. Both drivers initially were able to drive off into the distance as Hamilton and Alonso attempted to regain their position.

Smoke soon started bellowing out of the rear of Hamilton’s car though and he was slowing down on the track. The Brit was then informed on team radio to stop the car, ending his race early to cap a miserable weekend for the seven-time world champion.

Fernando Alonso brands Lewis Hamilton an 'idiot' in explosive radio message after crash

Lewis Hamilton suffered too much damage from the crash and had to retire (Image: SKYSPORTS)

Alonso didn’t mince his words on team radio speaking about the incident, calling out his old rival for his aggressive driving style. “What an idiot!” Alonso said on radio.

“Closing the door from the outside. I mean, we had a mega start but this guy only knows how to drive and start in first.”

Fernando Alonso brands Lewis Hamilton an 'idiot' in explosive radio message after crash

Both cars were initially able to drive away without any trouble (Image: SKYSPORTS)

Alonso managed to escape any real damage on his car though and he stayed in the race. The incident was investigated by stewards, but it was decided that no further action was necessary.

Martin Brundle appeared to agree that Alonso was not at fault for the crash. He said: “It looks to me as if Lewis comes in and pinches him a little bit.

“That’s not Fernando’s fault. He was on the curb, under control and wasn’t understeering across the road.”

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