Eric Boullier described the crash during the second Barcelona test of the new driver Fernando Alonso as a “normal testing crash”, though over the days which followed this was clearly not the case.
Sebasitian Vettel’s version of the events was quite different as he described the McLaren driver’s incident as ‘strange’.
Since then various theories have abounded as to the cause of crash including electric shocks, pre crash blackouts and alien intervention.
Fernando Alonso has now been cleared by doctors to drive for McLaren this weekend and attended the FIA drivers’ press conference in Sepang. He was questioned over his recollection of the events surrounding his off.
“There was a lot of attention on that day and probably the first answers the team and my manager had was some guess,” Alonso revealed. “But you cannot say anything for three or four days until I remember. That would have become even worse. They said the theory of the wind but obviously it was not a help.
Fernando confirms his opinion of the cause of his crash. “We had a steering problem in the middle of Turn 3. It locked to the right, I approached the wall, I braked at the last moment, I downshifted from fifth to third.”
“Unfortunately on the data, we’re still missing some parts. The data acquisition on that particular area of the car is not top,” he added.
Despite the fact that Ron Dennis asserted the car was not at fault and Jenson Button had poured through the data produced by Alonso’s car declaring he could see nothing out of the ordinary, Alonso is adamant there was in fact a problem with the car. “It is clear that there was a problem on the car. It’s not been found on the data at the moment. There is not a clear answer.”
Stories emerged in the Spanish media that when marshals and the medical team arrived on the scene, Fernando had lost his memory. It was reported Alonso believed himself to be an aspiring F1 driver – though he did confirm his name.
It is standard procedure given potential concussion a doctor would ask the patient their name and other simple to recall information.
However, today Fernando rubbishes these stories. “I remember everything. It was a sunny morning, [I remember] all the set-up changes, all the lap times. Vettel was in front of me before Turn 3 but cut the chicane to let me go.
“After the hit, I was kissing the wall for a while, then I switched off the radio first because it was on, then I switched off the master switch. I was perfectly conscious at that time.
“I lost the consciousness in the ambulance or in the clinic at the track.
“The doctors said this is normal because the medication they give is for the helicopter transportation and the checks they do in the hospital like the MRI and evaluation need this protocol, it needs this medication, so it’s normal.”
The urban myths, which have been developed about Alonso’s crash in Barcelona, may never now be fully banished, though should fade as the focus will return to the state of the MP4-30 Alonso is about to drive.
I've listened to Alonso's very clear explanation of the incident. Now I'm really confused.
— Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) March 26, 2015