Alonso explains misunderstanding over comments

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Fernando Alonso has spoken out this weekend to clear up the incident at the Hungarian Grand Prix that earned the Spanish driver a rebuke from Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo.

Alonso had endured a difficult race before going on to finish fifth at the Hungaroring, and after the race he reportedly criticized the Ferrari design team due to F138 car’s lack of pace. Montezemolo immediately reacted by rebuking Alonso, saying: “All the great champions who have driven for Ferrari have always been asked to put the interests of the team above their own.” However, Alonso explained in Belgium how his words had simply been misunderstood.

“We do four press conferences in a weekend in three different languages,” Alonso explained. “Two of them are not my mother language, and even Spanish, I’m from the north so I don’t speak perfect Spanish! It means that there can be mistakes and there can be misunderstandings.”

The situation appears to have been resolved as Alonso and Ferrari begin to focus on their challenge for both championships this season. However, with the team failing to match the pace of Red Bull or Mercedes, it would appear that a fifth year without a title could be on the cards for the Italian marque.

Lewis Hamilton comes home to Mercedes factory after fourth title

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On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.

And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.

Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.

The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.

“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.

“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.

“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”

A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.