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'Alonso's pre-F1 season testing crash very strange'

March 10, 2015 14:01 IST

Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren

McLaren's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images for Honda Motor Co.

McLaren racer Fernando Alonso's manager Flavio Briatore has labeled the Formula One pre-season testing crash in which the Spaniard suffered concussion as 'very strange'.

Briatore revealed that doctors had found the McLaren driver had no health problems other than the injury sustained in the accident. He claimed that he had seen video of the accident, which was not even that dramatic, insisting that the impact was not so hard.

Briatore claimed that Alonso crashed without any reason, adding that they have to see if there was a steering problem, the BBC reported.

McLaren have said that they have found no evidence that the car suffered any kind of mechanical failure to cause the crash at Turn Three of Spain's Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 22 February, or that there was any irregularity in the energy recovery system.

Briatore branded the decision by doctors to advise Alonso to miss the first race in Australia this weekend to avoid the risk of a potentially dangerous second concussion before the first is healed as logical.

Briatore revealed that all medical tests on Alonso for health problems were negative, insisting that reports that he had woken up from the crash thinking he was a 14-year-old kart racer were incorrect.

He also claimed that McLaren had given Alonso no information about whether the car had a steering problem, adding that the team's communications on the accident were not brilliant.

Briatore also claimed that Alonso is confident about the quality of the McLaren car, despite major reliability problems during pre-season testing.

Source: ANI
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