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Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton’s battle for second place at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday was a bit reminiscent of the two drivers’ rivalry when they were paired up at McLaren six years ago.
The two fought closely for second place towards the end of the race and even made contact as a result. Thankfully, there was no serious collision between the two and earned significant points and a step on the podium.
Alonso charged and ate away Hamilton’s gap and after a few laps trailing the Mercedes, the Ferrari driver made a move at the hairpin on lap 62. The Briton however gave little room to the Spaniard as the two nearly touched.
Hamilton then defended on the Casino straight but Alonso got a better run out of the final chicane and used DRS to pass the Mercedes as the two crossed the start-finish line of lap 63.
However, it wasn’t as easy as Alonso would have hoped as the pair had escaped contact at high speed.
Moments later, Alonso made a mistake as he went wide at Turn 9 before collecting his car inches from the barrier. This allowed Hamilton to close in and use his DRS at the Casino straight.
Alonso defended his position but the two made contact as they negotiated the final chicane.
"Fernando just closed the door on me and took my wing off,” Hamilton complained over the radio.
The 2008 world champion, who barely smiled on the podium, was clearly unhappy with the result after finishing third.
“We had a good battle and he was very fair,” Hamilton said diplomatically as he was interviewed by Eddie Jordan.
"Being hunted down by Fernando is like being chased down by a bull," he said later.
Alonso, meanwhile, commended their on-track battle.
"It was nice to have these battles, a big race with some talented drivers," the double world champion was quoted saying by Autosport. "Intelligent drivers that you fight wheel-to-wheel with at 320km/h and you feel safe.
"This is real racing.