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    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has apologised after a collision with Fernando Alonso forced him to retire from the Belgian Grand Prix.  The seven-time world champion made contact with Alonso on turn 14 that caused the back half of his car to jump into the air before being forced off the road. Alonso felt his former teammate had cut across him, and said into the radio: 'What an idiot! Closing the door from the outside! 'We had a mega start. This guy only knows how to drive and start in first'. Hamilton later told Sky Sports: 'He was in my blind spot and I didn't give him enough space, so that's my fault. Apologies to the team.' Lewis Hamilton made contact with Fernando Alonso on the first lap of the Belgian Grand Prix He initially attempted to carry on but was then ordered to retire by Mercedes staff Hamilton's former teammate Alonso felt he had been cut across and said: 'What an idiot!' The former world champion did not hold back in his criticism of Hamilton Valtteri Bottas has also been forced to retire after...
    As the new Formula One season hits the track in Bahrain this weekend, it only feels like yesterday that Max Verstappen pipped Lewis Hamilton to the 2021 title following an extraordinary and thrilling campaign. While the nature of the win following the controversial safety car period that benefitted the Dutchman left a bitter taste for many, fans will still hope for another close battle for the championship but perhaps more of a sporting one such as the contest a decade ago. In a season where seven different drivers won the first seven races, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso diced for the title. While the veterans still feature on the grid, Sportsmail looks back on the other competitors from that stunning year that also featured current stars Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez. (From left) Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso and Bruno Senna line up ahead of the season finale at the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Shell-shocked Lewis Hamilton admits Ferrari and Red Bull... Charles...
    LEWIS HAMILTON has praised Valtteri Bottas as his best team-mate in Formula One, ahead of the Finn's departure from Mercedes. Alfa Romeo have signed up Bottas, 32, for the 2022 season after the reigning world champions opted to bring in youngster George Russell to replace him. 5Lewis Hamilton has described Valtteri Bottas as his 'best' F1 team-mateCredit: Getty 5His friendship with Nico Rosberg struggled during their title fights at MercedesCredit: PA:Press Association It is no surprise that Hamilton, 36, has enjoyed his time alongside the former Williams driver as it has coincided with four title triumphs. Bottas joined following Nico Rosberg's shock retirement after the German pipped his longtime pal-turned-rival to the 2016 crown. Despite being pushed by Ferrari and Red Bull during the hybrid era, the Merc has been by far the quickest car - and the Brit simply unmatched. Although a tally of nine race wins in four-and-a-half years is nothing to be sniffed at, it was only during the start of the 2019 season when Bottas truly looked capable of competing for the title. During this period,...
    08/29/2021 On at 19:18 CEST The persistent rain has ruined the show at Spa-Francorchamps. The Belgian Grand Prix it could not be raced normally and after a long waiting period of almost three hours, the F1 race director, Michael Masi has resolved the dilemma by decreeing a race simulation, with the cars completing three laps behind the safety car and an atypical distribution of points (half of those that would correspond for each position), based on the order of the starting grid. Max verstappen he has won the shortest race in history. This Solomonic decision, inevitable considering the state of the track, the zero visibility due to the spray of water that the cars raised and the lack of light on the circuit, has especially favored the author of the pole, Verstappen, since George Russell, who started second thanks to his display at the wheel of the modest Williams, with extremely dangerous hydroplaning on the straight included, in Saturday’s qualifying, also played under a thick rain curtain. Hamilton, third on the grid, he...
    Updated 08/28/2021 – 17:27 Max verstappen has managed to forget during the break the two hard blows of Silverstone and Budapest to return as the real boss by getting pole in the Belgian Grand Prix. Few tests are tougher for a driver than trying to go full throttle in a flooded Spa, where every curve is a trap and the car wants to go out of bounds with every turn of the wheel. The two Spanish pilots, Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso, suffered more than expected under conditions that always suit them well and they were eliminated in Q2. Ferrari’s starting 12 (it was 13 but goes up one due to the five-place penalty to Bottas for the Hungarian strike), and the Asturian will occupy the position of his number, 14 on the grid. Russell, a star in the making Max He had an excellent first lap for Hamilton in Q3 and managed to beat his great rival with the clock to zero … and also George Russell, extraordinary second with a limited Williams, second worst car...
    Max verstappen was able to get a good performance out of the RB16B on the soft tires, to beat the two Mercedes in Free Practice 2 of the Belgian Grand Prix. Despite this, The risks he takes to extract his full potential led the Dutchman to the wall accident. Another weekend of strong emotions and a duel with Lewis is coming Hamilton, who was only 0.072 seconds ahead of him, that will be decided again by the smallest details and perhaps chance. Spa It is the longest track in the championship (7,004 meters) and also the most technical, one of the most demanding of the pilot in all aspects. Whichever less than a tenth between both contenders for the World Cup speaks of the absolute equality of both mechanics in this return after the summer. The clouds lifted, the sun came out and the potential of Red Bull and Mercedes could be seen. Maybe those of Brackley they walk something for in front ofsince the fact that Valtteri Bottas be second, send a message from a greater poise in...
    Updated 08/20/2021 – 16:12 Jenson button, Campen del Mundo in 2009, shared a garage with Hamilton at McLaren between 2010 and 2012, and with Alonso in 2015 and 2016. The Briton confessed his greatest weakness compared to his two former partners. Button on the ‘High Performance’ podcast said: “One thing that I have not been able to overcome is driving a bad car. That is my weakness. Lewis and Fernando Alonso can get in a bad car and get more out of it than I can. That’s probably my weakness. “ When Jenson and Fernando were companions, the car of Mclaren it had a motor Sling that was not giving the expected redemption, none of the pilots managed to get a podium during 2015 and 2016. In the first of these years, the Asturian achieved 11 points, while the British 16. The following year, Alonso greatly outperformed Button, with 54 points, 33 more than his teammate. Differences with Hamilton The 2009 champion also compared his riding style with the eight-time champion., Lewis Hamilton. “My strength is that my driving...
    Esteban Ocon has achieved victory in a unique and unrepeatable Hungarian Grand Prix, which began with rain and a lot of rain and ended with a spike comeback from Lewis Hamilton, from 14 to 2, which gives him the leadership in the World Championship. Sebastian Vettel was second and Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso had to settle for fourth and fifth, respectively, after a great race for both in which they fought to the end for their trophy. (Hours later Vettel was disqualified and Sainz added a podium and Alonso finished fourth) The man of the day was undoubtedly the Asturian, who defended Hamilton’s attack for 11 laps so that he could not finish his climb to the first, thus saving the victory of the other Alpine. Fernando celebrated his 40th birthday as one of the best in the world and in fullness. The battle was monumental, with a master of how to defend a square without a single illegality, giving away a show that hardly anyone is capable of offering against a car and a driver like the...
    08/01/2021 On at 19:52 CEST . The Spanish Fernando Alonso (Alpine), who finished fifth the Hungarian Grand Prix, the eleventh of the Formula One World Championship, in which he was named ‘Driver of the Day‘, he declared after the race that he is “happy“with the one that has been his”best position of the year” and the “best of the team, with the victory of (his French partner) Esteban (Ocon)“. “Hopefully this is the first of many victories for the team“, commented the double Asturian world champion, who last Thursday celebrated his 40th birthday on the circuit where, in 2003, he achieved the first of his 32 wins in Formula One, the 32 that Spain has throughout its history in the premier category. “I congratulate Esteban and wish him a lot of enjoyment, because this victory he will never forget her“Alonso commented after finishing fifth in Hungary, where put in another sensational performance, blocking for more than ten laps in his Alpine at the Mercedes the sevenfold English world champion Lewis Hamilton; who, by finishing third...
    08/01/2021 On at 19:57 CEST The Hungarian Grand Prix provided an epic race, with an unexpected winner and a titanic duel between two great champions. Esteban Ocon took his first victory in the World Championship, also the first for Alpine, thanks to the impressive teamwork of Fernando Alonso, who for many laps managed to contain Lewis Hamilton. Ocon took the podium ahead of another great champion Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) and Hamilton, who is leaving on vacation after regaining the lead by six points against Max Verstapppen. The Dutchman was involved in a multiple accident caused by Bottas at the start and had a lot of trouble holding on in the race with the badly damaged Red Bull to finish the points (10th). Bottas Strike The Hungarian GP had the most difficult start of the season, with the appearance of rain just before starting and an accident of Valtteri Bottas that has caused a real strike on the grid, after touching with Lando norris, leaving the two Red Bulls out of Max Verstappen...
    Fernando Alonso it is very clear to him. He knows that his best chance to gain positions in Hungary, on a track where overtaking is very difficult, is at the start. Not only because of the positions that he can win with another of his great starts in the first few meters, but also if he is able to escape the accidents that he thinks can occur in the first corners, especially between Verstappen Y Hamilton. This was commented on at the press conference of Alpine after the classification of the Hungarian F1 GP, in which Mundo Deportivo was present. “I think everything will be hotter in front of us …”, he said when asked how ‘hot’ the fight in the first corner could be between him and his teammate, Esteban Ocon. And later, he referred to the fight that he expects to occur again in the first meters between a Max that will attack from third position with soft rubber, against Bottas and Hamilton, who take the first two places with medium rubber. “We will try...
    LEWIS HAMILTON is comfortably Formula One's top earner on an awe inspiring £40million pay packet. Mercedes star Hamilton earns well over twice as much as every other driver after signing a stunning new contract earlier this year. 2 Ahead of the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix, Lando Norris entered the top ten with his new £6m contract to race for McLaren to 2023. Sebastian Vettel was the second highest-earner in 2020 but traded his £37m Ferrari pay packet for a more modest £7.3m at Aston Martin. While returning legend Fernando Alonso is on a £6.55m deal with Alpine. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen is on a £18.2m contract that dwarfs new team-mate Sergio Perez's deal. The Mexican's 2021 salary is thought to be £4.37m, which is still a rise from the £2.5m he earned at Racing Point last year. Daniel Ricciardo comes in at joint-third on a £10.2m deal with McLaren, a reduction on his £16m Renault wage with a heavily bonus-based agreement at his new home. Charles Leclerc is reportedly on the same fee at Ferrari, ahead of Scuderia newboy...
    One of the great rivalries in the history of Formula 1 is the one they starred in Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in 2007. It had everything to be one of those sagas worthy of a documentary, even bordering on the true crime genre: espionage, dialectical fights, clashes in front of the press, more or less public discussions … Alonso’s march to Renault prevented it. This weekend, Bahrain hosts the first Grand Prix of the 2021 season in which the big news is the return of Alonso to the paddock. He will be one of the four world champions who will be on the grid. By pure logic, everything indicates that he will be struggling with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen for longer than with Lewis Hamilton, at least in 2021 … except that what was seen in the preseason was real. One of the great hopes of the fans is that the problems Mercedes had in the tests are real. Both Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas experienced three days of rehearsals with an unusual string of failures. If the omens...
    Now what Fernando Alonso He has returned to the competition where he became a legend, one of the images that fans expect the most is that of the Spaniard beating the copper again with Lewis hamilton. For this it will be necessary that the Mercedes w12 is not as superior as its predecessors, and that the Alpine A521 is slightly better than previous Renault. If these two premises are fulfilled throughout the season, scenes similar to those that have already been seen in the preseason will be seen. It was just over an hour into the final afternoon of pre-season testing in Bahrain when Alonso and Hamilton met on the track. English, with quite a few control problems on a W12 who seems much more nervous than I expected, he was on a warm-up lap … while the Spaniard did it on a fast lap. That led a bite between the two in which they showed their teeth, in a clean way, but that already made the hearts of many fans race. One of the great rivalries (and,...
    The 2021 season of F1 is just around the corner, and all eyes will be on the potential re-ignition of rivalry between two incredible drivers. Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton have been a part of what is possibly one of the most intense battles in the history of Formula 1. Hence, with their on-track reunion only a month away, let’s rewind the timeline and take a look at how this juicy rivalry unfolded. The initial stage of the 2007 season It was the 2007 F1 season, and all Alonso heard was that he would be getting a new teammate at McLaren. Unfortunately, the Spaniard failed to foresee the threat heading his way from the newly recruited rookie Hamilton. And that is where it all started. As expected, Ferrari were the biggest threat for McLaren, as Kimi Raikkonen commanded the first race in Australia. As a counter-attack, Alonso guided McLaren to the first race win of the season in Malaysia. Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari looks on in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand...
    Lewis Hamilton, at the moment, is being hailed as one of the greatest F1 drivers to race in the sport. However, his path to glory hasn’t been an easy one. Reason? Well, he has constantly been at the receiving end of criticisms throughout his career. He was always under a huge amount of pressure from the moment he joined the grid in 2007. Over his rookie season, he straight-away faced a tough teammate in Fernando Alonso, who had just won his second consecutive world championship title. And the fact that he managed to beat the defending champion only made things worse, as Lewis became a part of a rivalry with Alonso over his very first F1 season. Mclaren Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Fernando Alonso of Spain appear at the drivers press conference during previews prior to the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Interlagos in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) What’s more, it wasn’t a healthy rivalry, as each race weekend made it uglier, denting the duo’s relationship on and off...
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