Things took a turn for the worse following their collision during the British Grand Prix which sent Verstappen to the hospital and damaged his car beyond repair.
The spotlight on the event refused to die down as the Dutchman lost his temper during a press conference after being asked ‘ridiculous’ questions about the possibility of another crash.
Fernando Alonso was asked about the entire situation surrounding Max’s outburst.
What did Alonso say?
“I didn’t see the press conference,” he said.
“But I feel probably what they are experiencing now. Especially Max, because he’s the younger guy fighting with a legend, with a champion.
“He’s not British, so it will be always more difficult for him,” he added.
While he did not explain his comment initially, he was later asked again what he exactly meant.
Alonso explains ‘not British’ remark
The Spaniard explained that the sport is dominated by people from the UK. He added that seven of the ten teams are British. This creates some bias according to him.
“I have the impression always that when things become a little bit spicy or tense in the title fight… this sport is a British environment,” he said.
“All the teams, they are British. Most of you guys, journalists or the media attention, and TV crews, everyone comes from the UK,” he explained.
‘Seemed like I was the bad guy’
Alonso further talked about how he has often felt like the bad guy considering his competition with the other drivers.
“Understandably, there is a little bit of preference of your guy in your country who can be competitive and keeps winning,” he explained.
“Always what I felt when I was racing, it seemed like I was the bad guy in Formula 1 when I was trying to fight against normally British guys.
“When I saw the Silverstone thing, when I see what Verstappen gets with some questions etc, I understand his position for sure,” he concluded.
Alonso won two world championships back in 2005 and 2006 after an exhaustive battle with Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher.
However, his most controversial season was alongside Hamilton back in 2007 when they were driving for McLaren.
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