The two old rivals were battling for third position down the Kemmel Straight with Hamilton looking to overtake Alonso around the outside of the Les Combes chicane.
As they went through the entry to the corner they made contact, sending Hamilton’s car into the air briefly before both went over the run-off area and re-joined the circuit.
A radio message from Alonso was later broadcast, with the Spaniard saying: “What an idiot! Closing the door from the outside. We had a great start but this guy only knows how to drive and start in first.”
Alonso was able to continue but the collision ended Hamilton’s race. Mercedes told him to stop his car several corners later.
The stewards did not deem the incident worthy of further investigation, suggesting they felt it had been a racing incident with neither driver predominantly to blame.
The reasoning was: “The Stewards reviewed the video evidence and determined that Alonso was on the inside at turn five. Hamilton’s front wheels were ahead of Alonso’s at the entry to the corner.
“Alonso moved his car off line to the inside with both right side tyres fully on the kerb and even somewhat inside the kerb. At no point did Alonso appear to lose control or understeer.
“Hamilton turned into towards the apex of the corner with Alonso still along side and the collision occurred.
“The Stewards considered that this was a first lap incident with a lot of movement relative to other cars in the first few corners, and thus take no further action.”
Despite Alonso’s fiery comments, Hamilton is the only driver in the last decade to have won from 14th on the grid or lower.