Alonso goes for hospital check up after big impact in Abu Dhabi 4 November, 2013 Fernando Alonso with Lewis Hamilton before the Abu Dhabi GP Fernando Alonso should be fit to race in Austin later this month, despite dramatic images of him in hospital emerging after Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The photos depicted the Spaniard underneath a space blanket and wearing a neck brace, reportedly as the result of injuries sustained when he crashed over the kerbs to avoid Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso on Sunday. The stewards even investigated the incident because the Ferrari passed the Frenchman outside the limits of the track, but Alonso ultimately kept his fifth place. But the impact, measured at multiple Gs, also triggered the mandatory chassis impact signal, requiring Alonso to report for medical checks. A Ferrari spokesman said that Alonso is “fine”. “Hopefully I am OK for Austin,” Alonso told reporters. “I still have all my teeth,” he smiled, “but my back is obviously in pain a little bit because it was a big hit.” Meanwhile, Alonso’s departing teammate Felipe Massa questioned Ferrari’s tyre strategy for him in Abu Dhabi, after he finished the race eighth. “I expected to see the Soft tyres on the car [after a pitstop] and I saw the others,” he said. “Without this problem I would have finished easily in the top five.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsAlonso: I’m tired, very tired and I felt stressed all weekend from all the battlesFerrari: This weekend ended with a result that can’t be seen as satisfactoryAlonso reveals he suffered numbness and headaches after Abu Dhabi impactPersistent headaches and back pain do not slow Alonso downFerrari: It’s difficult to give a clear explanation of how the weekend has goneFerrari: No major surprises and now we must wait and see how things goMassa: I will miss being part of the Ferrari family and the pasta!Alonso declared fit to race in Texas but skips media commitmentsAlonso: Packing the bag for Austin, with some pain still, but eager and confidentFernley: Massa gearbox penalty demotion was good call by Ferrari Spartacus Massa… stop whining. Schumacher and alonso handed your butt back to u. Sure, you beat kimi, but that isn’t difficult when he is sulking… Spartacus Jeez… Stop using my name already! I AM SPARTACUS. Mahmoud It looks like Alonzo can’t lead a race, so he started his own Pity Parade where he can be the only leader! Samurai, my __________ (fill in name of body part here). Yet another entry in Alonzo’s “Controversies” page, where he has to pass a Toro Rosso driver by leaving the track entirely. To be honest, at Abu Dhabi, the way drivers got away with leaving the track into run-off areas or some such other, why bother having tracks at all anymore? Just let the drivers go wherever they want to and sort it all out somehow. Now, that’ll make for exciting . . . racing . . . or something.