Alonso: Next time I will hit Vettel

Fernando Alonso says he will hit Sebastian Vettel the next time the two are racing on track if he feels he is not being given space.

Vettel and Alonso went wheel-to-wheel for seventh place during the Brazilian Grand Prix, with the German diving down the inside of the McLaren at the right-handed Turn 10. Alonso attempted to fight back around the outside of the next corner but was forced to go wide as Vettel did not leave him any space.

  • AS IT HAPPENED: Brazilian Grand Prix

Alonso says he doesn’t expect any penalty to be handed to Vettel as there was no investigation announced regarding the incident on lap 42, and the Spaniard says he will not avoid contact if the scenario happens again.

“I don’t think there will be any action against Vettel today, as they haven’t said anything yet,” Alonso said. “There was a run-off in tarmac and I just used it, but if there was a wall for sure I would have either hit the wall or hit him, which is what I’ll do next time. I’ll hit him and he’ll lose more points than me.

“In the rain we don’t have the same visibility as in the dry, the mirrors were wet too, so I couldn’t see anything behind me. In the end nothing happened, I went down the tarmac run-off but there will come a day in which someone will have to hit him so that he understands the track is for all of us.”

Alonso eventually finished tenth to pick up a point but the McLaren driver says the wet conditions provided opportunities for a better result.

“There were quite a few mistakes today, many spins, I had my own that cost me a lot of places, but visibility was low. Starting 10th in a chaotic race should have given us the possibility to do better than 10th at the end.

“It was a very stressful race for everybody, the only thing you had to do was to keep the car on the road, so it was difficult, but we got a point and now there’s just one race to go.”

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