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."