Fernando Alonso should be fit to race in Austin after suffering forces of over 25G when passing Jean-Eric Vergne by running off track during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Spaniard was exiting the pits when he was forced off the circuit by Vergne. Alonso kept his foot down passing the Toro Rosso but suffered the high force impact over a kerb while returning to the track.
The incident triggered the mandatory chassis impact light requiring Alonso to be taken for medical checks after the race; photos then emerged of the two-time champion in a neck brace and covered with a silver ‘space’ blanket.
The stewards also looked into the matter investigating whether Alonso had gained an advantage by running off track however he was cleared and kept his fifth place, after passing Lewis Hamilton and Paul di Resta in the closing ten laps.
A Ferrari spokesman said 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 his team-mate at Ferrari, Felipe Massa, was upset at the tyre strategy used by his team during the final stint of the race at Yas Marina. The Brazilian had been holding Alonso up for the entire race before finally getting ahead after the final stop.
“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.”
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