Cars in India | Autoportal.com
Select City

Alonso says locked steering caused his F1 car crash

Snapshot: Given the controversies this incident attracted, the explanation has brought much relief to everyone, including his team, McLaren.

And after much of speculations and guess games, Fernando Alonso has finally an explanation for the crash he suffered at the pre-testing session in Barcelona. Fernando Alonso has confirmed that a steering lock caused his car to crash, leaving him hospitalized for over 2 weeks. Given the controversies this incident attracted, the explanation has brought much relief to everyone, including his team, McLaren.

"We definitely had a steering problem - it locked to the right," said Alonso to the reporters in the FIA press conference ahead of the Malaysian GP which will start from today. "There is a time that I don't remember in the hospital," said the Spaniard, contradicting some reports that he was unconscious. He confirmed that he lost consciousness only before being airlifted by helicopter due to medicines.

Also, one of the report indicating that he woke up in 1995 was false according to the multiple world champion. "I remember everything. I was perfectly conscious," said Alonso. "I didn't wake up in 1995, or speaking in Italian, or any other things that were out there." And these are not the only theories that came up after his accident.

One such theory was given by McLaren and Ron Dennis, that a gust of wind blew him off the track, to which Alonso said, "even a hurricane wouldn't have blown the car off at that speed". Some have started speculating that his confession is even more dangerous as McLaren still doesn't know about the problem. Though, he says "I have zero doubts, zero concerns."

"It was clear that there was a problem with the car, but it's not found in the data. I understand completely and support the team." Putting the trust on the team, he said, new sensors that can detect similar faults have been added to the car. He said, "they've spent a month changing every single part that they had any doubts about."

His last words of the conference - "I think we have the safest car now."

Here is the news piece on the Alonso waking up in 1995!

Related car news

  • Alonso will race in Malaysia confirms McLaren 24-03-2015 Arjit Garg Alonso will race in Malaysia confirms McLaren
  • Official - Button and Alonso to pair up for McLaren 12-12-2014 Arjit Garg Official - Button and Alonso to pair up for McLaren
  • McLaren F1 car from 2056 visualized 15-06-2015 Vicky Choudhary McLaren F1 car from 2056 visualized
  • Fernando Alonso is the highest paid F1 driver in 2015 05-06-2015 Arjit Garg Fernando Alonso is the highest paid F1 driver in 2015
  • McLaren F1 receives new livery ahead of Spanish GP 09-05-2015 Vicky Choudhary McLaren F1 receives new livery ahead of Spanish GP
  • Monochromatic McLaren P1 owned by Jenson Button spotted 04-05-2015 Arjit Garg Monochromatic McLaren P1 owned by Jenson Button spotted


Helpline