Double world champion Fernando Alonso dodges death in terrifying crash
The video reveals the McLaren’s right wheel catching rival racer Esteban Gutierrez's car on lap 18, causing Alonso’s vehicle to hit the track barrier, twist through the air and turn over, before finally smashing on the ground.
Most records of the crash have now been erased from Youtube after a claim from Formula One's management.
“You see the sky, then you see the ground, you see the sky, so you don’t know exactly where you are,” said the Spanish racer, describing his experience.
The damage inflicted on Alonso’s McLaren is ‘devastating’, ‘obliterating’ as media and witnesses describe it, attaching pictures of the wreck.
Soy consciente de que hoy he gastado una de las vidas que me quedaban, quiero dar las gracias a @mclaren , FIA por la seguridad actual de los monoplazas. A mis compañeros y a los aficionados por la preocupación mostrada y apoyo incondicional. Ahora a recuperarse y pensar en Bahréin, y subirme al coche para conseguir los primeros puntos!! 💪💪 I am aware that today I spent some of the luck remaining in life, I want to thank @mclaren, the FIA for the safety on this cars. Also my colleagues and fans for the concern and unconditional support. Now it's time to rest and think about Bahrain, and get back in the car to get the first points of this year !! 💪💪 #australia
As track staff were approaching the crumpled car, the 34-year old Spaniard got out and walked away. Gutierrez, whose vehicle was also stricken trackside, jumped out of his car and ran over to check on Alonso.
“It was a scary crash. Lucky to be here and happy to be here, and thankful to be here -- especially to the FIA [International Automobile Federation] and all the safety, thanks to that probably I'm alive,” Alonso said afterwards. "We lost the power unit and the car because there was a lot of damage, but I'm super happy to be talking," he added as quoted by Reuters.