F1 driver Fernando Alonso punched a wall in Singapore after taken out of race

Formula One McLaren driver Fernando Alonso let his anger get the better of him when he punched a wall after being taken out from the Singapore F1 race.

He had jumped to third position around the outside of Turn 1 when the race started on Sept 17 but was taken out due to the collision between Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull's Max Verstappen that also damaged his car.

He tried to continue the race after the collision but the damage to this car was too much and he had to stop the race, reported PlanetF1.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull's Max Verstappen crash out of the race as McLaren's Fernando Alonso passes in the Singapore Grand Prix 2017 on September 17, 2017.
Photo: Reuters

Alonso revealed this snippet of information when speaking in Malaysia yesterday.

According to an Autosport report, he said "his disappointment turned to anger when he watched a replay and realised how big an opportunity he had lost - which is when he punched the wall in anger."

The wall in question was in his private driver's room and has been left with a fist-sized hole in it.

Is it still there? He thinks so.

"Yes...it is still there! It was frustration.

"When I saw the replay, and when I saw Vettel spinning out of Turn 3, we were just behind Lewis [Hamilton], and we were on the right tyre at that moment.

"So we could even try to overtake him if the moment arrives. Then probably, we lose one or two positions, but not more because it is a street circuit, no one will overtake you.

"That podium could have been one of the biggest things of my career and we missed it," said Alonso in online F1 reports.

In the end, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton took the podium win in that Singapore Grand Prix race.

Cheer up, sport, Malaysia's F1 is on this weekend and who knows what will happen there.

spanaech@sph.com