Alonso returns, but crash questions remain
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 “denitely 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 inuence 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