Sepang: McLaren-Honda's Fernando Alonso pinpointed a locked steering as the cause of the mysterious pre-season testing crash that left him concussed and forced him to miss the start of the season, ahead of his return to the track at this weekend's Malaysian GP.
Fernando Alonso poses for photographers outside the McLaren-Honda's team garage at the Sepang Circuit yesterday ahead of the Malaysian GP. Pic/Getty Images
Alonso had chosen to skip the season-opening race in Australia as a precaution on doctors' orders. But the Spaniard will race this weekend in Malaysia after being given the go-ahead by his doctors and clearing compulsory tests mandated by the governing FIA yesterday morning.
"Definitely we had a steering problem in the middle of turn 3," Alonso told reporters at the Sepang Circuit as he addressed the media for the first time since the accident.
'Didn't wake up in 1995'
"It locked into the right and I approached the wall, I braked in the last moment, I downshift from fifth to third…," Alonso recalled. Some reports had suggested Alonso had been rendered unconscious or even electrocuted before he hit the wall.
Other reports said that the Spaniard had woken up from his unconscious state thinking it was 1995. But Alonso quashed the rumours as he opened up about the crash.
"Everything was normal. I didn't wake up in 1995, I didn't wake up speaking in Italian or all these things that probably they were out there."I remember everything, obviously.
I don't want to go through every detail because it's going to be long but I remembered everything. So I was perfectly conscious at the time," he said, adding that he lost consciousness later in the ambulance as he was medicated in readiness to be transferred to hospital by helicopter.
Alonso's comments only added to the confusion surrounding his accident. McLaren had initially said that they had found nothing wrong with the car and that a gust of wind had probably caused Alonso to lose control. But Alonso said McLaren did not have enough sensors to record sufficient data to explain the accident.
"I don't know if you see the video but even a hurricane will not move the car at that speed," Alonso said. Alonso added he was not concerned about getting back in the car despite the team not having found a clear reason for his accident.