Hamilton And Alonso Crash Out In Belgium
Hamilton And Alonso Crash Out In Belgium, Lewis Hamilton went out in a four-car smash on the first corner to complete a disastrous weekend. Hamilton and Alonso crash out, The safety car was deployed immediately after the collision into the first corner that also led to the retirements of Sauber’s Mexican Sergio Perez and Lotus’s French driver Romain Grosjean.
Television replays indicated that Grosjean, whose car flew through the air over the nose of the Ferrari which also lifted off the ground, had triggered the crash by cutting across into Hamilton who had nowhere to go. Debris from the cars littered the track.
Grosjean said he wants to wait until he has seen television footage of the start of the Belgian Grand Prix before he judges who was to blame for the first corner crash, though inital impressions clearly suggested that he was at fault.
“(I had) a very good start and then boom – it was the end of the race. I haven’t seen the images and I need to see them to have any point of view,” he said.
“But the main thing is that everybody is OK. That is the most important for me.”
Hamilton stormed over to Grosjean immediately after the accident and gestured at him in a manner that suggested he believed the Lotus driver was to blame.
Alonso’s retirement was his first of the season, but whatever the result of the Belgian GP he will still leave the race as the points leader.
Perez said he was an innocent victim of the accident, which also left his front-row-starting team-mate Kamui Kobayashi with damage.
“It was on the braking for Turn 1 and then suddenly I had a big hit from other drivers and there was nothing I could do,” said the Mexican. “We basically paid for a mistake from one driver.”
Alonso had been set to equal Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record of 24 successive points scoring finishes and has a 40 points lead over Red Bull’s Mark Webber in the championship with eight races remaining after Spa.