Alonso: My back is in pain because it was a big hit, but I still have all my teeth

Fernando Alonso was given a full check-up after the Abu Dhabi GP

Fernando Alonso was given a full check-up after the Abu Dhabi GP

Ferrari‘s Fernando Alonso had precautionary checks in hospital after hurting his back on a heavy jolt over the kerbs at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

A team spokesman said that he had been given the all-clear.

“My back is obviously in pain a little bit because it was a big hit,”  the Spaniard, who finished fifth in the race, told reporters after the incident which occurred when he ran wide to avoid a collision with Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso.

“I still have all my teeth after the impact,” he joked.

Meanwhile  mixed messages are emerging from the Ferrari camp, after the incident. Alonso “wore his cap backwards” and attended to his media duties “without any problem”.

“All good,” added the correspondent for the Spanish sports newspaper, Manuel Franco.

Fernando Alonso on his way to the medical centre after the Yas Marina race

Fernando Alonso on his way to the medical centre after the Yas Marina race

But the bump over the kerbs had triggered the FIA impact alarm aboard Alonso’s Ferrari, requiring him to report for a medical checkup.
Auto Motor und Sport, however, said the impact only tipped the scales above the 15G trigger because the sensor was improperly attached to the car.

Indeed, a Ferrari spokesman said the checkup was a mere “precaution”, adding afterwards that Alonso is “fine”.

“The doctors gave the all-clear,” said German correspondent Michael Schmidt.

But Alonso’s manager, Luis Garcia Abad, then alarmed the driver’s millions of fans by tweeting a photo of the 32-year-old in hospital, attached to a spinal board and covered with a space blanket.

Then, on Monday, Alonso told his 1.9 million fans via Twitter: “The night was so-so. I will do more tests this afternoon and try to be 100 per cent as soon as possible.”

Screen-grab of Fernando Alonso exiting the Yas Marina pitlane

Screen-grab of Fernando Alonso exiting the Yas Marina pitlane

Before leaving Abu Dhabi, he said he would “hopefully” be fit for Austin in two weeks.

But after Monday’s follow-up checks for Alonso, which reportedly took place in Spain, a Ferrari spokesman told the BBC: “He’s ok, just some pain and nothing more.

“The checkup was fine,” he added.

Alonso’s manager Abad, however, refused to say if the driver – whose relationship with Ferrari this year has been the subject of high speculation – will be fit for Austin.

“We are not talking about Austin,” he said.

“We need to check everything’s ok. It is nothing more than normal control of the situation,” Abad added. (GMM-Apex)

 

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  • TACHELES

    Ridiculous, such an effort after hitting some kerbs.

    The “crash sensor” in his car was not correctly fixed so that it indicated way too much g forces – as everyone could see simply watching the scene via TV…

    And the Oscar goes to the Princess of Asturias.

  • haha

    Maybe an excuse not to participate the last 2 races. Maybe the Mclaren contract is signed, for 2014 and not 2015 (+ possibility Brawn/Honda). I think there is huge inhouse trouble at Ferrari since Monza. But hey it’s a long shot and a wild guess, but he made amok everywhere he went. Kimi for 2014 WDC, yihaa!

    If he chickens out the challenge with Kimi he really is the BIGGEST WIMP EVER :D.

  • Spartacus

    @haha: I am not sure a wimp would have gone for that overtake on Vergne. Would you?

  • lols

    @spartacus

    a wimp would have done it off the track limits… oh he did.

  • Spartacus

    @lols: How would you have done it?

  • haha

    Spartacus I mean in team competition, look at Lewis’ rookie year he embarassed him totally. Just look at his wikipedia page man, not one driver has a category dedicated to controversies/cheating. He is a wimp, a whiner and a baby. Mind you I’m a Tifosi for 27 years now and didn’t like the Kimi sacking decision for one bit. If Alonso goes to Mclaren in 2014 (which it starts to look like) he chickens out, that’s a fact. Put Hulkenberg with Alonso together at Mclaren and you would have 2007 all over again. Why does everybody say Vettel, oh it’s the car ridiculous downforce. But Alonso’s 2005/2006 Renault was aerodynamically the strongest in the field too, then it was the great Alonso but not the car. Vettel and Shumi are both way better than that sack of paellashite

  • haha

    Spartacus I mean in team competition, look at Lewis’ rookie year he embarassed him totally. Just look at his wikipedia page man, not one driver has a category dedicated to controversies/cheating. He is a wimp, a whiner and a baby. Mind you I’m a Tifosi for 27 years now and didn’t like the Kimi sacking decision for one bit. If Alonso goes to Mclaren in 2014 (which it starts to look like) he chickens out, that’s a fact. Put Hulkenberg with Alonso together at Mclaren and you would have 2007 all over again. Why does everybody say Vettel, oh it’s the car ridiculous downforce. But Alonso’s 2005/2006 Renault was aerodynamically the strongest in the field too, then it was the great Alonso but not the car. Vettel and Shumi are both way better than that sack of paella

  • haha

    oh and that was not an overtake it was a desparate and dangerous move on a wrong designed track (just like the pitlane in Korea). He was frustrated because Masse did Petrov with him from lap 1 :D. Which without Alonso asking to ruin Massa’s strategy would have put Massa in 4th and in front of him. India Massa 4th, Alonso not even tenth. He is trowing his toys out of the ballpark and will go to Mclaren. It’s kind a cool that Red Bull didn’t want him, bet you it cracked his huge ego and “samurai” honour. Harakiri for that man!

  • haha

    For my name is Trollonso :D. But you can’t deny facts do you?

    look for yourself
    .)wikipedia(.)org/wiki/Fernando_Alonso#Controversies

  • Alonso_is_slow

    Alonso cheated by not handing back the place. Then he claimed Vergne will accuse him of cheating. Vergne did only say sorry.

    Alonso is the biggest cheater in current F1, and the weakest Nr1 driver of all times.

  • Spartacus

    @ haha: three long posts to say so little? Go to school.

  • Spartacus

    (From the original Spartacus).
    I might not be a fan of the over-rated Alonso but I really don’t like to see him on a stretcher. Glad this was the doctors being over protective rather than something serious.

  • sebolonso

    Santander soap opera samurai diva is scared, because his bluff has been called. Deep inside Drama Queen knows, he is pathetic and slow. I feel sorry for the loser. Four Years of cheating with zero result at Ferrari is behind and now chicken leg is looking for new victim to abuse. That would be McLaren-Honda.

  • Vikiv

    Im a Kimi fan but calling Alonso a cheater is just bullshit, he could have slowed down and still get that place “easily” –remember, Felipe is right behind Vergne.