Alonso re­turns, but crash ques­tions re­main

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

The McLaren racer chal­lenges his team’s ver­sion of his crash in pre-sea­son testing, in­sist­ing he re­mained con­scious through­out

Fer­nando Alonso caused a ma­jor stir on his re­turn to the cock­pit when he con­tra­dicted his McLaren team’s ver­sion of the crash he suf­fered in pre-sea­son testing that kept him from com­pet­ing in the Aus­tralian Grand Prix.

McLaren had re­leased a se­ries of state­ments in Alonso’s ab­sence say­ing they could nd no ev­i­dence of any prob­lems with the car, fol­low­ing ex­haus­tive anal­y­sis. But at his rst public ap­pear­ance since the ac­ci­dent, the FIA’s preMalaysian Grand Prix press con­fer­ence, Alonso said the car “denitely had a steer­ing prob­lem,” which had caused him to crash into the wall at the Cir­cuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Alonso ad­mit­ted that the crash had left him with con­cus­sion, but said he had not lost con­scious­ness in the ac­ci­dent, and was un­con­scious only un­der the inuence of seda­tives in hos­pi­tal. He added that some state­ments from McLaren and his man­age­ment in the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of the ac­ci­dent were “not a help”.

He added: “Some of the con­fu­sion comes from the early quotes when the pres­sure was very high and I was in in­ten­sive care and there was an ur­gency to say some­thing.”

De­spite some re­ports about the de­gree to which he had lost his mem­ory as a re­sult of the

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