There is an air of uncertainty around how badly injured Fernando Alonso is following the high force impact he suffered during the Abu Dhabi GP.
Initially after the race, where the Spaniard finished fifth, everything looked OK after his big bump over a kerb as he returned to the track after passing Jean-Eric Vergne.
The incident had triggered the mandatory ‘impact’ light on Alonso’s car which is said to measure incidents over 15G, indeed after flying over the kerb at turn four the Ferrari driver’s impact was measured at 28G.
But back in the paddock Alonso was giving himself the all-clear and the team were saying he was “fine”.
Concern arose however after Alonso’s manager Luis Garcia Abad tweeted a picture of the 32-year-old in a neck brace, lying on a spinal board and covered in a ‘space’ blanket in an Abu Dhabi hospital.
“The doctors gave the all-clear,” said German correspondent Michael Schmidt, with Ferrari themselves saying the trip was only a “precaution”.
On Monday Alonso himself tweeted: “The night was so-so. I will do more tests this afternoon and try to be 100 per cent as soon as possible.”
More follow-up checks were done on the two-time champion, this time back in his native Spain, and again Ferrari were confident, a spokesman telling the BBC: “He’s ok, just some pain and nothing more.
“The checkup was fine,” he added.
Again however Abad was being more cautious and refused to answer whether his driver would be fit in time for the United States Grand Prixin Austin next weekend.
“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.
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