Fernando Alonso and Jolyon Palmer were involved in a collision at the Italian Grand Prix, and Alonso wasn’t shy about blaming Palmer for the collision.
Alonso wasn’t pleased after Palmer only received a five-second penalty, and he accused track officials of “having a Heineken” instead of paying attention to the race.
Both Alonso and Palmer failed to finish the race, and it wasn’t the first time the two collided this season. They also collided during the Belgian Grand Prix, and it looked like Alonso ran Palmer off that road that time. Palmer blamed Alonso both times for the collisions, and he wasn’t shy about criticizing the two-time Formula One champion.
“I was ahead coming in the corner, he braked super late and forced me off the track,” Palmer said via Sky Sports. “I’m sure it will be another talking point at the next race because Fernando is not very happy about it but I don’t care.
“It’s what I thought might happen. We had a big meeting [at Monza] and if someone is on the inside you know you can just release the brakes. You are ahead at the apex, sure, but the other guy has nowhere to go apart from crash or cut the corner. I cut the corner, came back on side-by-side, and made it in the next corner.”
Palmer believes he would have had a solid finish had he not been stuck the five-second penalty. He believes Alonso was at fault, and Alonso called Palmer’s failure to finish “karma.”
It’s safe to say these two rivals aren’t fans of each other’s tactics, and more fireworks between the two could occur as the season progresses.