Fernando Alonso Escapes Scary Crash In Melbourne Grand Prix

During yesterday’s Australian Grand Prix, the tides turned the moment McLaren-Honda’s Fernando Alonso clipped the back of Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas and went flying into the gravel trap.

The McLaren twisted and turned a few times mid-air before ending up on its side and smashing the barrier. The Spanish driver quickly got out, despite limited room, and moved away limping, though we’d imagine it was the violence of the crash that rattled his nerves the most.

That’s natural, as the two clashed just before the braking point, which means the cars were still traveling at speeds of over 300 km/h (186 mph).

Immediately after exiting what remained of his MP4-31, the Spaniard was greeted by a worried Esteban Gutierrez who later twitted about how thankful he was that nothing bad happened to Fernando.

In the aftermath of the crash, F1 stewards decided that nobody was to blame, as neither driver did anything wrong and it was simply a racing incident.

Looking at the footage, there doesn’t seem to be much wrong with Gutierrez’s racing line, so perhaps could argue that Alonso was a bit optimistic when he tried to overtake. In the end, it doesn’t really matter though as no one got hurt.

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  • danno

    Good to see them both walk away.

  • supermanuel

    My God, amazed that Alonso walked away from that…

  • pureworx

    did anyone actually watch all the race/qualy/practice? What position is McLaren-Honda looking like it is at? I only caught some of the highlights from after the alonso incident.

    Personal opinion.. JB is a pointless driver to be able to gauge the performance of their package. HE was lack luster in his honda days and it was always his team mate who appeared to push things forward back then Rubens Barrachello.

    If anyone can show the true performance of the McLaren-Honda it will be Alonso and he will also be the one to push the car development forward. it was a similar issue when he first joined mclaren as lewis team mate. He helped develop a winning car but left to return to renault who then appeared to improve from lower midfield positions to podium finishes.

    There are only a handful of drivers capable of setting up and developing a car in F1 currently and that is: Alonso, Vettel, Kimi, Massa

    the rest are just privileged drivers who cry about the smallest of things. give them a fast car and they’re fast, give them a slow car and they’re slow, that includes hamilton give him a shit car and he wont improve it.. he’ll just cry and moan like a baby.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Well aren’t you partial? I happen to disagree with your point. I’ll just leave this… Here.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Greetings from the world champion!

    • Tumbi Mtika

      You don’t get it, do you, Mr. McLaren. You can still improve a car EVEN when it’s good to begin with. And another thing, you don’t think Alonso’s priveliged? Ha! All I need to mention is Hamilton and Alonso, when they were both at McLaren. If Button was doing well with the same car, Alonso’d be pissed. Moral of the story- Don’t treat other drivers like crap, when the drivers you like are not saints as well. Did you see Grosjean in A.P. on Sunday? He got 6th place in a first year car. The fact he did better than Mr. Alonso proves your point wrong. I happen to like Vettel, Massa, Raikkonen as well, so won’t bring up their marks. Now if you’ll excuse me, I will enjoy the rest of the season.

    • Vassilis

      Under normal circumstances they should be able to score a few points. Regarding Button, he isn’t as fast as Alonso but he does have some great qualities which have given him many wins.

  • Akira

    How could Alonso make a rookie mistake like this? It’s like he doesn’t know the width of his car…

  • CarCzarDesigner

    I am glad everyone is OK. However, this accident was avoidable imo. It was driver error on Alonso’s part, as he should of expected Esteban to defend his position. With his experience, I am surprised the Race Stewards didn’t hold him accountable for it.

  • Question

    Is the white F1 car allowed to cross the road like that…?

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Alonso after the crash: