Alonso and Vettel rivalry reignites in Austria

The rivalry between Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel which dates back a decade reignited in Austria as Alonso found himself blocked by the Aston Martin.

The Alpine driver looked on fire in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix, sitting third after Q1 and was on course for a spot in Q3.

But coming through Turn 9 on his final flying lap in the second qualifying session, Alonso found himself being forced to slow down as Vettel was in the way whilst building up for his lap.

The Spaniard subsequently found himself ending Q2 down in 14th, and speaking to Sky Sports he rued the lost opportunity for a good result.

“I think we lost an opportunity to be P5 or P6 tomorrow on the grid and [have] a different race, so now I guess we will not score points tomorrow,” he said.

“Whatever penalty they give to the others is never enough so it’s the way it is.

“I think it was very bad management by the people in front and yeah I’m disappointed because I think we had the potential today; it was our best car probably of the season in qualifying and we didn’t maximise it.”

There were issues during qualifying in last week’s Styrian Grand Prix as drivers jostled for position in the final couple of corners, which led to those on flying laps being blocked by the slow-cars.

When asked about the incident with Alonso, Vettel said there was little he could do as driver’s ahead of him kept jumping the queue.

“I only saw him very late so not much that I could have done,” he said in an interview with Sky Sports.

“I think it’s the fault of the drivers ahead that just keep jumping the queue.

“I don’t think that is right and not what we agreed on.”

Vettel has since been given a three-place grid penalty for the incident and will start tomorrow’s race from 11th.