Alpine F1 crew racer and former two-time world champion Fernando Alonso has alleged a British bias within the sport claiming he has felt it throughout his time with McLaren when he was teammates with Lewis Hamilton. Alonso was talking in context of the current controversy over the crash involving Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Hamilton, now with Mercedes, on the British Grand Prix.
Verstappen was taken to the hospital after the crash and he had slammed Hamilton for his celebration after successful the British GP calling it “disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour .”
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Alonso has backed the Dutch driver who misplaced his cool upon after being subjected to repeated queries relating to his crash with the Briton.
“I didn’t see the press convention,” Alonso stated of Verstappen criticising the questions as ‘ridiculous’ throughout a media interplay. “But I really feel in all probability what they’re experiencing now. Especially Max, as a result of he’s the youthful man preventing with a legend, with a champion. He’s not British, so it is going to be at all times tougher for him.”
Alonso although added that he implies that F1 is dominated by groups and journalists who’re of British origin, and so naturally there’s an inherent need in them to see certainly one of their very own do properly.
“I’ve the impression at all times that when issues turn into just a little bit spicy or tense within the title battle… this sport is a British atmosphere. All the groups, they’re British. Most of you guys, journalists or the media consideration, and TV crews, each one comes from the UK. Understandably, there’s a little little bit of desire of your man in your nation who may be aggressive and retains successful,” Alonso stated.
He then cited his personal instance as base to his declare. “Always what I felt after I was racing, it appeared like I used to be the unhealthy man in Formula 1 after I was making an attempt to battle in opposition to usually British guys. When I noticed the Silverstone factor, after I see what Verstappen will get with some questions and so forth, I perceive his place for certain,” he stated.
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