Alonso ‘lucky’ to be alive after crach

Fernando Alonso admits he feels “lucky to be alive” following his huge crash at the opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The McLaren driver clashed with Haas’ Esteban Gutierrez heading into turn one of the course, dramatically flipping over on numerous occasions before walking away from the car without any serious injuries.

“It was a scary moment and a scary crash. I am lucky to be here and thankful to be here.”

“I saw a little gap and I got out quickly to make sure that my mum, who was watching the race on TV at home, could see that I was okay!”

Despite the crash involving a collision with Gutierrez, Alonso aimed to clear any blame on the part of the Mexican driver, saying it is all part and parcel of the sport they compete in.

“We were racing, I moved at the last moment and you don’t have the full vision of the track. You try to defend but you don’t know what the other guy is doing,” the two-time world champion said.

“I’m amazed that Fernando walked away,” added team-mate Jenson Button. “It just shows how far we’ve come with safety.”

The aftermath of the crash saw the race delayed for 20 minutes as stewards and marshals looked to clear the debris from the track, before resuming once again, with Nico Rosberg then going on to win the race.

Alonso later posted on Instagram: “I am aware that today I spent some of the luck remaining in life, I want to thank @mclaren, the FIA for the safety on this cars. Also my colleagues and fans for the concern and unconditional support.

“Now it’s time to rest and think about Bahrain, and get back in the car to get the first points of this year!!”


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