Spanish Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso has revealed that he feels “thankful to be alive” following a dramatic 200mph crash at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.
The 34-year-old McLaren-Honda racer was entering turn three on the 18th lap when he clipped the rear of Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez’s car.
The collision tore the right-hand rear wheel from the Haas VF-16 and catapulted it towards Alonso’s cockpit, as his powerful MP4-31 hurtled into a barrier, before rolling and jack-knifing into another.
Incredibly the two-time world champion emerged from the wreckage unscathed, and was immediately comforted by Guiterrez, whose car had slid to a stop nearby.
It wasn’t the first Australian Grand Prix marred by a crash for Alonso, who last February crashed at 150mph in Spain during testing for the very same race.
He was so badly concussed during the crash that believed it to be 1995. As a result he was kept under observation in hospital for three days and consequently missed the season opening race.
While race control has said that yesterday’s crash will be investigated, Alonso commented: “We were racing, I kept in the slip-stream as late as I could and at the last moment I tried to move.
“It's tough, you can only see the rear wing, you don't have the full view of the track. And same for him, he's defending and can't see what the other guy is doing. So we are both happy.”
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