Lewis Hamilton says he takes responsibility for his clash with Fernando Alonso because “that’s what adults do” after his rival branded him “stupid” for their clash.
The Mercedes driver retired after the pair locked horns on the first lap of the race. “What an idiot,” Alonso yelled into the radio. “He shut the door from the outside. We had a mega start but this guy only knows how to drive first.
Told of Alonso’s outburst, Hamilton told the media, including RaceFans: “I have no reaction to it. I know that’s how things feel during the heat.
“But it’s good to know that he’s better off expressing his feelings about me. Like I said, it wasn’t intentional and I take responsibility. That’s what adults do.”
Hamilton said he had no interest in discussing the matter with his rival. “I mean, until I heard what he said.”
The Mercedes driver said the crash was “definitely my fault”.
“So it’s sad,” he continued. “I mean, it’s motor racing, I gave it my all. I tried to shift to five outside. I just didn’t leave enough room and paid the price. It just happened, not on purpose.”
Speaking immediately after his retirement, Hamilton told Sky that Alonso was “in my blind spot and didn’t leave enough room when they met”.
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