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GP Week : Issue 5
F1 bahrain >> LEWIS Hamilton and his former McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso were involved in a controversial second lap incident at the Bahrain Grand Prix which some observers initially pointed the finger at the Spaniard. Hamilton lost his front wing and any chance he might have had of making up for his terrible race start. The Briton found himself behind the Spaniard coming through the first set of corners on lap two, and as the duo accelerated out of Turn 3, they collided. Some pundits made an instant supposition that Alonso, whose relationship with Hamilton is less than amicable, had ‘brake tested’ him. Hamilton – who, in a state of obvious frustration, left the circuit soon after the race – refused to be drawn on whether Alonso had deliberately slowed, or if it had been his own failure to correctly judge the two drivers’ difference in speeds. “I have no idea,” he told an expectant media scrum. “I was behind him [Alonso], I went to move to the right, he went to move to the right as well and I couldn’t help going up the back of him. But that’s racing.” Renault’s Pat Symonds, however, brought Alonso’s telemetry out to the press to show his driver had done nothing untoward. “All I can say from our side is there is no blame attributable to Fernando which I think is what some of the speculation might be. “It does say that we’re not getting onto those straights very well and that we’re struggling with traction, exit speed and engine torque, but that’s part of the reason why we’re not doing the lap times that we want to do.” Hamilton/Alonso come to blows Data disproves ‘brake test’ theory JARNO Trulli drove a disciplined race to take sixth for Toyota, pushing hard in the second stint to keep the Red Bull driver at bay. Nico Rosberg was an early third party in the scrap, but once he stoped earliest for fuel, his true pace became apparent. From here on, Webber was the only threat: “The car was well balanced, I knew I was quick and we had a good strategy so I just got my head down,” Trulli summed up. For his part, Webber pressed on, but fell the tiniest margin behind Trulli’s pace: “Our race pace was more encouraging than our qualifying pace this weekend so we’re very happy about that. I tried to take the fight to Jarno but he was always a tenth or so a lap faster than us. Having seen how early Nico stopped in the first stint, I was confident we had him covered for the rest of the day.” Jarno edges Webber Toyota takes ‘Best of Rest’ race 29