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    Alonso takes responsibility for Sprint Race crash which forced him to retire

    Alonso crashed out of the Sprint Race after an unforced error in the tricky conditions.

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    Fernando Alonso accepts responsibility for his crash in the Belgian Grand Prix sprint race that saw him retire from the race.

    The Spaniard celebrates his 42nd birthday today, but made an error as he touched the kerb at the Pouhon corner and spun straight into the barriers.

    The incident formally ended his race, although the damage had really been done earlier in qualifying when his teammate, Lance Stroll, crashed, leaving Alonso to start 15th behind Stroll.

    As the Canadian qualified ahead, he was in front of Alonso during the safety car start and therefore received the preferred strategy of pitting for intermediates as the rolling start got underway. Alonso meanwhile, had to do another lap, and otherwise he risked losing time in the pits.

    “If I stopped behind Lance, we would have lost seven seconds or something, so I had everything to lose either way,” Alonso said to the media. “I haven’t seen the replay but yeah, it was my mistake.

    “It was a bad day in general. Not even a qualifying lap in SQ2 with the red flag, and now we were well out of the points.

    “It was worth risking but yeah, lets see tomorrow if we can take some points.”

    Wet tyre pointless

    The wet tyre is used in torrential conditions, but currently Formula 1 does not want to race in such environments.

    Alonso believes that the tyre is not worth anything due to the complications of keeping the it in the right heat window.

    “No, even behind the safety car they were overheating,” Alonso added. “I guess so in terms of grip [on using the inter behind the safety car] but the visibility was very low.

    “It’s a problem that seems to be repeating here at Spa and we need to think of new solutions.”

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