Fernando Alonso has explained his angry team radio message about his team-mate Esteban Ocon’s defensive driving at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Alpine duo are usually one of the friendlier partnerships on the grid, and it had been bearhugs all round 12 months earlier at the Hungaroring when Ocon emerged triumphant – helped by some superb defending by Alonso against Lewis Hamilton.
But the boot was very much on the other foot this time after they had launched from fifth and sixth positions, with Ocon just ahead of his soon-to-be-former colleague.
Heading to Turn 1, Alonso went for a move up the inside of Ocon but found his path blocked by the Frenchman who edged across towards the pit wall, and then switched back to the centre of the track to cover off his team-mate again. The duelling continued for the next few corners too.
“Never in my life have I seen a defence like Esteban’s today,” said Alonso over the team radio. “Never.”
In the end, Alonso did get…