Fernando Alonso has been sent to an Abu Dhabi hospital following his bone-rattling trip over the kerbs during his scrap with Jean-Eric Vergne, Adam Cooper reports.
The Spaniard drew level with Vergne while exiting the pits in the later stages of today’s race, but was run off track and forced to drive onto the kerbs that line the track. He rejoined the track ahead of Vergne.
However, the G-Force alarm which is used to determine the level of impacts and if a driver should be extracted following a crash, was set off after the incident, meaning a routine trip to the Yas Marina medical centre. After this, he was sent to a local hospital for further tests.
“I still have all the teeth after the bump,” Alonso said light-heartedly. “And the back is obviously in pain a little bit now. It was a big hit. We have the alarm on the chassis, after a minimum of g-forces there is this alarm on the chassis for big crashes, for the medical car etc. And the chassis has this alarm now in parc ferme, so for sure it was a big hit. Hopefully I’m OK for Austin and Brazil.”
The Stewards investigation as to if Alonso had broken the rules by going off track eventually ruled that he hadn’t, meaning Alonso keeps his fifth place.