Fernando Alonso was fuming with Sir Lewis Hamilton after their incident at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix that saw the seven-time champion retire from the race.
Alonso had started third on the grid following penalties for Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon, but he was passed by Hamilton off the start.
He tucked back into the Briton’s slipstream, and was side-by-side with Hamilton as he tried to climb back up into third, and the Spaniard found himself on the inside down the Kemmel Straight.
The pair converged on the apex heading into Les Combes, and they made contact as the Mercedes was launched up into the air.
Hamilton would retire from the race on the opening lap as a result, while Alonso picked up damaged to his front wing and wheel cover.
The double world champion was livid, and he went perhaps a little personal over the airwaves to his Alpine team.
“Yeah, what an idiot,” said Alonso.
“Closing the door from the outside. I mean, we had a mega start but this guy only knows how to drive and start in first.”
It would appear that there is still a bit of leftover needle from the pair’s occasionally frosty relationship at McLaren in 2007, although Alonso’s comment was made in the heat of the moment.
The Alpine driver lost the place to Russell after his contact with Hamilton, before Verstappen, who started 13th, flew past him.
Alonso found himself sixth when Charles Leclerc also cleared him, but the 24-year-old pitted late on to try and get the fastest lap.
As he did so, however, he sped into the pit lane and earned a five-second penalty.
That meant that his overtake on Alonso on the final lap counted for nothing, and he did not get the fastest lap either, so he ended the race sixth while Verstappen won the race.
The Dutchman therefore takes a 98-point lead into next weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix.