Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was vocal in his criticism of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso in remarks that were not aired on Sky Sports.
According to a report on Crash, Hamilton said he was not keen on talking to Alonso after hearing what the Spaniard had said about him during the Belgian Grand Prix.
“No. I would have until I heard what he said. I know that’s how things feel in the heat of the moment, but it’s nice to know how he feels about me.”
Hamilton had a difficult outing in Belgium on Sunday despite appearing to be in contention to win his first race of the season just a day before the Grand Prix.
During lap 1 itself a collision took place between Hamilton and Alonso.
Hamilton was forced to retire as a result and Alonso was quick to vent his frustrations on the team radio.
The Alpine driver called Hamilton “an idiot” who “only knows how to drive and start in first.”
Hamilton accepted his mistake
Stevenage-born Lewis Hamilton accepted his mistake in the collision as Alonso was in his blind spot, claiming he simply didn’t see his former teammate.
However, it was obvious that Hamilton left the race utterly dejected as he made his way back to the Mercedes paddock.
Hamilton may have thought the worst was behind him but he was then issued a warning by the FIA for not reporting to its medical centre after his crash.
Speaking to Sky, Hamilton chose not to get drawn into Alonso’s snide remark.
“It doesn’t really matter what he said, I don’t really care. Like I said, it was my fault; I couldn’t see him, actually – he was right in my blind spot,” he said.
However, moments after that, he seemed far more worked up when speaking to Brazilian TV, where he responded with a major dig aimed at Alonso.
“I prefer not to comment about that,” he said.
“We had different results in our careers.
“This is the kind of thing you say in the heat of the moment.”
Hamilton and Alonso have shared rough past
This is certainly not the first time that things have heated up between the two drivers.
Having been teammates at McLaren, Alonso was critical of the way in which the team was prioritising the British driver.
Things reached a boiling point at the 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix, when Alonso blocked Hamilton in the pits.
Since then, both of them have had contrasting careers.
Hamilton went on to grab seven world championships while Alonso has two.
It is perhaps one of the most infamous rivalries on the circuit and Sunday’s jibe certainly suggests that all water is not under the bridge.