F1 »

Alonso: Hamilton should heed warnings

Former McLaren-Mercedes team-mate Fernando Alonso warns Lewis Hamilton he is playing with fire by driving right on the limit of aggression in F1 2010 - suggesting if the British star continues in the same vein, 'there will be penalties'
If Lewis Hamilton does not pay heed to the warnings about the overly-combative nature of his driving and rein some of his aggression in, he will pay the price through penalties in upcoming races, warns the 2008 F1 World Champion's ex team-mate Fernando Alonso.

Hamilton's fierce on-track battles during the opening four outings of 2010 have enthralled fans and infinitely brightened up what might otherwise have been a fairly dull spectacle, but not everybody has been quite so appreciative of the British star's efforts.

In the wake of his energetic scrap with Vitaly Petrov in the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang – during which he weaved vigorously across the circuit in front of the feisty young Russian rookie to make sure of keeping him behind after getting past – the eleven-time race-winner was criticised by Renault for having crossed what they deemed to be the line of acceptable on-track behaviour.

A fortnight later in Shanghai, Hamilton found himself hauled up before the race stewards in company with Red Bull Racing rival Sebastian Vettel for the pair's pit-lane spat in the Chinese Grand Prix – an incident that saw the two title rivals come perilously close to clashing both on the entry to the pits and then again as they exited from their respective stops.

F1 veteran Rubens Barrichello has been particularly vocal in his condemnation of the 25-year-old's tactics – revealing that had he been in Petrov's place, he would have given Hamilton 'some bollocking' – but to-date there have been no ramifications. Alonso – who endured a famously fiery and ultimately self-destructive relationship with the Stevenage-born ace at McLaren three years ago – contends that should the forcefulness continue, it will only be a matter of time before there are.

“I don't think Hamilton is in any kind of privileged position,” the Ferrari star told Spanish sports newspaper Marca when asked if his former arch-nemesis is receiving special treatment from the FIA with regards to the lack of sanctions so far.

“The truth is that perhaps the decisions have been a little inconsistent, because other times [Hamilton's moves] would be punishable, but I don't think it's important. Lewis has had some warnings and if he does something in the next race, however little, there will be penalties because of the last two races.”

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F10
Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F10
Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F10
Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F10, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-25
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-25
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-25
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-25
Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25
Sebastian Vettel, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, ROC [Credit: ROC]
Ayrton Senna - McLaren. 1993 Donington Park
Nico Hulkenberg - Renault Sport F1
Renault Formula One Team, launch date, [Credit: Renault F1]
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard
Lando Norris, McLaren Autosport BRDC Awards [Credit: Martyn Pass PR]
Lewis Hamilton tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

FreddyFreeloader - Unregistered

April 30, 2010 12:57 PM

Hold on folks - This is Crash.net playing games here. The full intervierw with FA is on many websites and he's actually defending LH. He just points out that LH has pushing his luck a bit and may get penalties down the line.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.