Fernando Alonso decided to interrupt one of Lewis Hamilton’s interviews ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix to speak about the signed cap that the Mercedes driver said he would give him on an Instagram post.
The manner in which Alonso spoke to Hamilton and the way in which the British driver reacted seems to suggest that all is well between the two following a collision at the Belgian Grand Prix.
That incident had sparked plenty of chatter between the two drivers, with Alonso even calling Hamilton an “idiot”.
Hamilton was quick to respond to this by issuing his own stinging response on Alonso’ lack of world championships compared to his personal collection of seven.
However, the duo looked to have put all that behind them when they posed together for a photo along with the signed cap, just as Hamilton had promised in his Instagram post.
Hamilton was giving an interview to F1 journalist Chris Medland when Alonso entered with a joke regarding the exact location of his cap.
Did Alonso apologise to Hamilton?
During his own time with the media, Alonso stressed that the entire situation had been blown out of proportion, but he did apologise for the manner in which he addressed Hamilton.
“It has been made a huge thing,” Alonso said.
“First of all it is Lewis, he is a champion, a legend of our time and then when you say something – and I am sorry to repeat this – against a British driver, there is a huge media involvement after that.
“They have been saying a lot of things to Checo [Sergio Perez], to Carlos [Sainz], to me – if you say something to a Latin driver, everything is a bit more fun. If you say it to Lewis it is a bit more serious.
“But yes, I apologise. I feel… I am not thinking about what I said. There was not much to blame in that moment, to be honest, looking at the replays because it was the first lap and we are all very close together.
“The heat of the moment and the adrenaline of the moment, finally fighting for top two, top three, made me say those comments that I should not say. But at the same time, and as I said after the race, I said it was a racing incident in my opinion.”