McLaren’s Fernando Alonso admitted that he wasn’t entirely sure where he was after his massive crash with Esteban Gutierrez at the Australian Grand Prix.
The Spaniard hit the back of Haas’ Gutierrez, which sent him careering into the wall and onto the gravel at Turn Three. The McLaren the dug itself into the gravel trap sending Alonso flying through the air, to be stopped by another wall after the car hit the ground once.
“You are not exactly aware where you are,” Alonso said.
“You are just flying and then you see the sky, the ground, the sky, the ground and you don’t know. When I stopped I saw a little space to get out of the car and I went out quickly just to make sure that people at home were not too worried about me.
“Then I didn’t know where I was because I was so far from the track. I said ‘I’ve travelled a lot when I was flying!'”.
Gutierrez immediately radioed his team asking if Alonso was okay, then rushed to the Spaniards side to personally see for himself.
Both drivers described the crash as a racing incident as both drivers were under investigation during the race for causing an incident.
The FIA concluded that no driver was wholly or predominately to blame, therefore no further action was taken.
“You want to stop and it doesn’t stop, it keeps going and going and going. It was quite scary,” Alonso continued.
“It’s all fine apparently.”
“There is some pain in the knees because you are bouncing a lot in the cockpit. But apart from that everything should be OK. I’ll tell you tomorrow morning when I wake up.”
However, once Alonso came to his senses, the driver mentality quickly returned and his thoughts immediately returned to racing.
“You are thankful that you are alive and nothing happened, no injuries, nothing serious. But the second thought immediately is the frustration of not finishing the race.
“We probably lost our power unit completely because the car is completely destroyed, so that’s sad but it’s the way it is.”
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