Fernando Alonso is grateful after miraculously surviving a 321-km-per-hour terrifying crash at the season-opener in Melbourne's Albert Park
Melbourne: Fernando Alonso says he is fortunate to be alive after surviving one of the most horrific crashes in recent Formula One memory.
The Spaniard waves to fans after the accident
Australian GP will long be remembered for Alonso's terrifying 200 miles per hour smash. After he careered into the back of Esteban Gutierrez under braking for turn three, Alonso was merely a passenger as he slammed into the wall before barrel-rolling through the air twice.
When Alonso's car finally came to a standstill, the sport held its breath, but miraculously, the two-time champion crawled out of his car before limping away from the wreckage.
Fernando Alonso's car crashes into the side wall of the track
"I am lucky to be here and thankful to be here," said Alonso.
"It was a scary moment and a scary crash. When I stopped I saw a little space to get out of the car and I went out quickly just to make sure that my mum, who was watching the race on TV, could see that I was okay.
The Mercedes driver crawls out of his car before heading to a safer zone
"You are not exactly aware where you are," Alonso, said reflecting on the incident.
"You are just flying and then you see the sky, the ground, the sky, the ground and you don't know."