Crash… Strange goings on… Crash… spectacular… are all words which have become associated with Fernando Alonso over the past few years. The footage of Alonso’s head almost engaging with the floor of Romain Grosjean’s Lotus in Spa is one no one will ever forget.
Then during the Barcelona winter test last season, Alien’s apparently took control of Alonso’s car causing it to behave in a strange manner – according to Sebastian Vettel – and merge with the wall on the inside of turn 3 at the circuit de Catalunya.
The wipe-out the Spanish driver suffered in Australia was indeed an epic addition for those who collect racing car crash footage and McLaren have revealed his carbon composite seat suffered damage though it retained its structural integrity as required by the design safety regulations.
Alonso’s Honda engine is unsurprisingly unsalvageable though the double world champion walked away from the carnage apparently unscathed. That said, the McLaren driver raised one or two eyebrows when he hinted on twitter that he would not be able to train following a return to his family home in Spain.
McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorme has been put on standby for Bahrain as Alonso will be forced to undergo a medical examination tomorrow morning before being allowed to step into a car during the upcoming Bahrain GP weekend. This is at present merely a precautionary step from McLaren as Vandoorne continues with winter testing in Japan for the upcoming Super Formula season.
McLaren Honda announced last night that Fernando will be in Bahrain for the medical and Alonso himself is keen to get back behind the wheel: “I’m very pleased to be heading to Bahrain after the crash in Australia,” he said. “I’ve spent some time resting and I can’t wait to get back in the car.”