Fernando Alonso somehow managed to walk away from this terrifying crash at the Australian Grand Prix completely unharmed.
The Spanish driver’s McLaren car dramatically flipped twice before being smashed to pieces before hitting a barrier at turn three of the Albert Park circuit on Sunday.
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Alonso appeared to clip the rear of Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas Racing car at full speed while trying to pass Gutierrez on lap 17 of 57.
The Spaniard somehow managed to walk away from the horrifying, mangled wreckage without sustaining serious injury. Both he and Gutierrez were taken to the medical centre for assessment and were subsequently given the all clear by doctors.
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Speaking to reporters not long afterwards, Alonso appeared a little shaken, but basically fine despite his ordeal. He did, however, admit he is lucky to be alive, telling Sky Sports, via The Independent: “It was a scary crash. Lucky to be here and happy to be here, and thankful to be here — especially to the (governing body) FIA and all the safety, thanks to that probably I’m alive.
“We lost the power unit and the car because there was a lot of damage, but I’m super happy to be talking.”
— Formula 1 (@F1) March 20, 2016
Formula One’s governing body and race control said Alonso’s contact with Gutierrez would be investigated but the Spaniard said neither driver was to blame for the crash.