Sir Lewis Hamilton has well and truly responded to Fernando Alonso’s “idiot” remarks during the Belgian Grand Prix, by signing one of his caps with “To Fernando” written on the front.
It is clear that there is still a rivalry between the old McLaren F1 team-mates, with Alonso having let his feelings known during last Sunday’s race.
Both drivers made excellent starts at Spa-Francorchamps, with Alonso running second and Hamilton third down the Kemmel straight on the opening lap.
The Mercedes F1 Team driver was right in the slipstream of the 41-year-old and pulled to the outside at Les Combes, before swooping around the outside of the Spaniard.
However, Hamilton went on to cut across the Alpine F1 Team driver at the apex of the corner, resulting in heavy contact between the pair.
The collision saw the rear of Hamilton’s W13 go almost vertical, with his car performing somewhat of a nosedive.
The resulting impact back with the circuit was incredibly heavy, with Hamilton having been afraid that he was going to break his back.
The seven-time World Champion had to retire as a result, with his floor all but certain to have been cracked, with concerns as well over his power unit.
Hamilton’s power unit has been sent to Brixworth for investigation, with Mercedes now concerned over the health of it.
Alonso was furious with Hamilton, immediately calling him an “idiot” over the team’s radio.
The double World Champion also insisted that the Brit “only knows how to start from first”, implementing that he can’t overtake correctly.
Hamilton did claim full responsibility for the collision, which was deemed a racing incident by the race director.
After the race the media tried to get a response from Hamilton over what his former team-mate said; however, the 37-year-old refused to be drawn into any pettiness.
“I don’t really have a response to it,” Hamilton said.
“I know that how things feel in the heat of the moment, but it’s nice to know how he feels about me.
“It’s better that it’s out in the open how he feels. And like I said, it wasn’t intentional, and I take responsibility for it. That’s what adults do.”
Despite having refused to comment after the race, Hamilton appears to have taken his response into his own hands.
The Brit shared an old official F1 video on his Instagram, where all the drivers, including Alonso, ask for people to show respect for one another.
It wasn’t Hamilton’s only dig at the Spaniard, after also signing a cap on Tuesday with “To Fernando”, it remains to be seen if the cap will be sent to the Alpine driver, or if he will wear it!