The 2005 and 2006 Formula 1 world champion had a race to forget from the very first corner at the weekend, as he fell towards the rear of the field having been tapped by Pierre Gasly and sent spinning off of the circuit himself.
Indeed, in his then desperate attempts to get back up the pack towards his initial P5 start, he ran into the back of Schumacher in the tricky conditions, leaving the Haas man in a spin and the Spaniard set for a race that never really got going, as he finished pointless.
Certainly, it was a shame for him and his Alpine team as he was high up on the grid and would have fancied making more places in the difficult circumstances on track, but ultimately the Spaniard fell foul of them himself.
Speaking after the weekend, Alonso has since apologised to Schumacher, too, for misjudging his overtake attempt:
“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.”
You have to say fair play to Fernando for putting his hands up for what was an untypically clumsy move from him on Schumacher in the early stages.
That can happen, though, especially as he was probably frustrated with what happened with Gasly at turn one, and he'll just be looking forward to getting to Austin and trying to right some wrongs.News Now - Sport News