Hamilton and Alonso bury Spa drama

Lewis Hamilton and Fernando clashed at the 2022 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix but both drivers have reconciled ahead of the upcoming Dutch GP

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Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso seem to have emphatically ended their mini-feud following their first-lap collision in the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix.

Racing into Les Combes, Hamilton chopped across the Spaniard and was briefly airborne being crashing back to earth and out of the race, whilst Alonso complained of damage and lost the top-three position he’d earned at the start.

He blasted Hamilton on team radio afterwards branding the seven-time world champion an ‘idiot’, but has since admitted he overstepped the mark.

“It’s not a thing for me, it doesn’t change anything, it doesn’t affect me in the slightest,” Hamilton told the media ahead of the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix.

“I’m always trying to be a better driver and also I know there’s a lot of young kids that are following me and the steps I try to take in my behaviour are important so I’m always trying to learn and be better.”

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Following the crash Alonso said Hamilton ‘only knows how to drive and start in first’, whilst Hamilton took responsibility for the shunt but added it was ‘it’s nice to know how he feels about me.’

However, those feelings seem to have dissipated from both sides heading into the next race.

Hamilton cheekily posted a signed cap marked ‘for Fernando’ on Instagram in the week between grand prix, and Alonso accepted the offering at Zandvoort.

“With the cap it was just a little fun thing, it’s good to have fun sometimes with these things,” Hamilton added.

Meanwhile, speaking to Sky Sports, Alonso apologised for his comments in the heat of the moment and insisted the Mercedes driver is a legend.

Both were rivals in Hamilton‘s fractious debut season in F1, which culminated in Alonso leaving McLaren after just one year, feeling betrayed by the team and breaking the details of Spygate to the media in return.

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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