Lewis crash blamed on wing failure
Paper claims Brit not to blame for collision
According to The Guardian an aerodynamic failure on Lewis Hamilton's car was to blame for his collision with Fernando Alonso in the opening stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Having failed to deactivate his car's anti-stall mechanism early enough on the grid, Hamilton made a slow getaway from third place on the grid at Sakhir and fell as low as 10th on the opening lap.
Then, attempting to make headway, the McLaren-Mercedes driver ran into the back of Alonso's Renault on lap two of the race, necessitating a pit stop for a new front wing and effectively ending any hope the 23-year-old had of mounting a challenge.
The fact that the pair endured a tense relationship at McLaren last year - prompting the Spaniard's departure - had led some to suggest that Alonso deliberately slowed and 'brake-tested' Hamilton.
Renault, whose director of engineering Pat Symonds went so far as to provide data proving that Alonso had not decelerated, denied this.
And McLaren boss Ron Dennis backed up their claims putting the blame on Hamilton's shoulders - the latter freely admitting after trailing home in 13th place that his weekend had been a 'disaster'.
"He tried to second-guess Fernando and vice-versa and damaged the car quite extensively and that was really it," Dennis said.
However, according to the newspaper, an aerodynamic failure on the front wing of Hamilton's MP4-23 car moments before the coming together was to blame.
'It subsequently emerged that the aerodynamic "bridge" connecting the two sides of the front wing across the nose of the McLaren had failed a couple of seconds before he plunged into the back of the Spaniard,' it reported.
'That gave Hamilton a fleeting rush of acceleration which carried him into his collision.'