F1 commentator Martin Brundle believes the Monaco Grand Prix demonstrated that former McLaren teammates Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton are still at odds. In his concluding stint at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix, 7-time F1 World Champion Hamilton ended up finding himself operating behind Alonso, beginning to grow extremely agitated with Alonso’s speed in P7 as McLaren’s Lando Norris ahead immediately pulled away.
Toto Wolff, Hamilton’s Mercedes team principal , also chimed in, asserting that 2-time F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso was driving at “Formula 2” speeds. Alonso would respond to the scrutiny by expressing dismay that his teammate Esteban Ocon was locked behind Hamilton once Alonso began pushing, but Hamilton did not.
Ocon had received a five-second penalty for making contact with Hamilton earlier in the race, so with the extra time, he slipped from P9 to P12. The Alonso-Hamilton feud goes all the way back to their days as McLaren teammates in 2007, with Brundle insinuating that some “needle” from that season still persists.
Martin Brundle gives his take on the Lewis Hamilton-Fernando Alonso fiasco in the Monaco GP
“[Lando] Norris had that luxury of an extra stop because behind him Fernando Alonso went into a steady, but necessary for him, tyre preservation mode with the rest of the field queued up behind him, starting with a very frustrated Lewis Hamilton,” stated the 63-year-old F1 pundit. Alonso responded to that by saying that imaqrt’s not his problem.
Alonso then bafflingly ended up taking off for a while and completed the race’s third fastest lap to maintain seventh place. There were no such grievances or hardships for Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate George Russell, who raced on to finish fifth after hopping over fellow Brit Norris through to the pits.
“George Russell put in yet another fine drive for Mercedes to take 5th. He ended up just two-tenths ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris who also achieved fastest lap on his fresh medium tyres, fitted on Lap 51 of what became a shortened and timed-out 64 lap race (instead of the scheduled 78) in a curious elapsed time of one hour and fifty six and a half minutes of racing,” concluded Brundle.