ALONSO ES­CAPES MON­STER SMASH

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Fer­nando Alonso was able to walk away un­harmed from an hor­rific crash with Este­ban Gu­tier­rez in the Aus­tralian Grand Prix.

The dou­ble cham­pion clipped the back of the Mex­i­can’s Haas when try­ing to pass him into the brak­ing zone of Turn 3.

The im­pact sent the Mclaren fly­ing through the air be­fore it then rolled over af­ter hit­ting the ground and clat­tered against a bar­rier.

Alonso was able to get out of the wreck­age un­aided and was given the all-clear by doc­tors at the cir­cuit’s med­i­cal cen­tre.

“I feel good,” said Alonso. “Ob­vi­ously I’m try­ing to put ev­ery­thing in place again in my body. It was a big, big crash.

“I tried to take the slip­stream of Gu­tier­rez into the brak­ing point, and it was a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors that we ended up with a crash. I’m thank­ful for the safety of those cars and that I’m alive talk­ing to you. This is the most im­por­tant thing.

“You are not ex­actly aware where you are. You are just fly­ing and then you see the sky, the ground, the sky, the ground and you don’t know.

“Ev­ery­thing [felt like it] hap­pened slower than [it looked on] the out­side. You want to stop and it doesn’t stop, it keeps go­ing and go­ing and go­ing. It was quite scary.”

When asked who was to blame for the ac­ci­dent, Alonso said: “It’s a rac­ing in­ci­dent. We both tried to fight and some­times we for­get that we are at 200mph and ev­ery lit­tle crash can be much big­ger.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing be­cause we start the cham­pi­onship with zero points and we’ve prob­a­bly dam­aged the power unit so we have to take the se­cond one im­me­di­ately – but that’s not the most im­por­tant thing.”

Gu­tier­rez said his only con­cern had been that Alonso was al­right.

“Thank­fully we are al­right. It was a very, very scary mo­ment,” he said. “The first thing I saw in the mir­ror, I was re­ally wor­ried. I jumped out as quick as I could and ran to him. It was a re­ally big re­lief he was OK.”

The stew­ards deemed the col­li­sion a rac­ing in­ci­dent and no ac­tion was taken.

Car was just wreck­age

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