Lewis Hamilton has hit back at Fernando Alonso, following the Spaniards comments in the aftermath of the European Grand Prix.
The British driver received a drive-thru penalty during the race after being judged to have overtaken the safety car as it left the pitlane. Despite this, Hamilton was still able to maintain his second position.
Subsequently, Alonso was left angered and accused stewards of ‘manipulating’ the result to allow the McLaren driver to build up enough of a gap to maintain his second position.
However, when asked whether Alonso’s complaints were merely a sign of sour grapes, Hamilton is quoted by the Press Association as stating:
“Yeah. I even saw him overtaken by a Sauber [Kamui Kobayashi] on the big screen. It’s very unlike him to be overtaken by a Sauber so he must have been completely in another world. But I don’t understand why I affected his race so much.
“Everyone has a right to their opinion, and he must be disappointed with his own result, but I didn’t do anything to him.”
Both Alonso and Ferrari argue that race stewards
Despite the cries of foul play by both Ferrari and Alonso, Autosport has revealed that race stewards were forced to wait on the FIA gathering timing data, aerial film footage and transponder location information before they could award Hamilton with a penalty.
Furthermore, it has been reported that Ferrari’s latest comments have not been received well by the FIA.
According to an article in The Guardian, a number of figures inside the sport’s governing body are said to be outraged by’ the Scuderia’s intemperate response’ and that the team could now face action.