Alonso visits hospital as a precaution

By on Sunday, November 3, 2013
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Fernando Alonso has been taken to hospital for precautionary checks on his back after running over kerbs at high speed during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Alonso was exiting the pit lane when he encountered the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne.

The Spaniard bounced over the kerbs at 150mph, with the impact so severe that it triggered an alarm in the car that means drivers must go to the medical centre as a precaution.

The impact was recorded as 25g.

It is a 'normal precautionary check requested by the FIA,' said a Ferrari spokesman.

Alonso fulfilled media duties after the race, which he finished in fifth place.

"I am happy to have brought home points for the team in a race that was always going to be tough, on what has been a very difficult weekend for us," he said.

"Given the gap to the top four, I certainly couldn’t have done more. Starting from further back, we knew we would find ourselves in traffic, therefore having done well at the start, I tried to overtake as much as possible."

"When we saw that we were always behind another car, it became impossible to think in terms of a single stop and it was clearly better to switch to two and attack. As the Mediums were holding up quite well, we thought we’d use the Softs for a short stint to try and do a series of quick laps."

Update: Alonso has been given the all clear by doctors.


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