A photographer claims Fernando Alonso broke his €6,000 camera whilst trying to take pictures of the Ferrari driver and his model girlfriend.
According to reports, the photographer complained that Spaniard Alonso reacted angrily and manhandled him during the incident in Barcelona ahead of this weekend's Spanish grand prix.
The photographer, who said he has complained to authorities, said witnesses also saw Alonso attack him and smash the camera against the ground.
"Let's see if through this complaint he learns to have more respect for the press," the photographer is quoted by La Repubblica.
"He is an example to millions of children? He knows perfectly well that he was not provoked."