Fernando Alonso has apologised for hitting Mick Schumacher during the early stages of the Turkish Grand Prix.
The Spaniard had a messy opening start to the race at Istanbul Park to say the least, dropping down to the back of the field after being hit by Pierre Gasly at Turn 1.
Soon afterwards, he then hit Schumacher when trying to pull off an overtake, causing the Haas driver to spin and lose a number of positions himself.
The Alpine driver was handed a five-second time penalty for the incident and, afterwards, accepted that he was at fault, apologising to his former title rival’s son.
“It was very tricky conditions and very slippery. Unfortunately, we had the two collisions, which damaged our race,” he said.
“Pierre was in a sandwich going into the corner and hit the rear of my car. And then I am sorry to Mick for hitting his car going into Turn 4. I went for the overtake but it was very difficult to see everyone around you in the wet conditions.
“It was bad luck and it’s a shame we weren’t able to capitalise on our excellent starting position. Nevertheless, as a team we still scored a point and we’ll pick ourselves up for Austin where hopefully our luck changes.”
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Before the start of the race, Alonso looked to be in with a great chance of scoring some big points, starting in P5, but could ultimately only finish in P16.
His team-mate, Esteban Ocon, did at least score a point for the team after not pitting and just about making his tyres last to the end.
While Marcin Budkowski says that was a “masterclass,” he’s still disappointed with the overall result.
“It was a very meagre outcome for the team,” he said.
“Fernando was pushed out by Gasly at Turn 1 and then had another incident with Schumacher. From there his race was heavily compromised.
“He couldn’t find the pace even after the graining phase of the tyres and we have to check if there was any damage to the car from the two earlier contacts.
“It’s a frustrating outcome for him after starting from fifth, especially seeing where Gasly finished the race.
“On Esteban’s side, it was a masterclass in tyre management. He covered the whole race distance on one set of Intermediates to salvage a point, which, starting from twelfth in a race with no attrition, is a pretty decent outcome.
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