Alonso confirms his steering “locked” in crash

Fernando Alonso has explained more details about the mysterious testing crash in pre-season testing that hospitalized him for three days.

Speaking in the pre-race press conference, Alonso was asked repeatedly about the circumstances of the accident and his subsequent concussion.

“It was clear there was a problem in the car, but it was not found in the data,” he said. “There is not a clear answer.

"Definitely we had a steering problem in Turn 3, and it locked to the right.

“I approached the wall and braked at the last moment, I downshift from fifth to third. Unfortunately, in the data we still miss some parts. The aquisition data is not there, that area of the car is not at the top.

“After one month we found nothing in the data. Whatever part was the problem, perhaps we’ll never find out. It's clear there was a problem with the car. 

“There are some new sensors for this race, some changes we do on the steering rack and other parts. Last week we worked on the simulator to try to explain to me these new parts. I sat with the engineers and all the data that's available, we went through the moments – but there is not a clear answer.

"I understand this completely, and support the team. It's impossible to say – or to lie – that it was this or that."

When asked about the violence of the impact, he replied: “No, I don’t know exactly the details.”

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso
Teams McLaren
Article type Breaking news