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GP Week : Issue 217
MANAGING EDITOR Chris Lambden email@example.com EDITOR Mat Coch CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Formula 1: Mike Doodson Paolo Filisetti (F1 Tech Editor) Sean Kelly F1 Business: Christian Sylt, Caroline Reid Social Media: Ernie Black PhOTOGRAPhy Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org: Mark Sutton, Daniel Kalisz, Mirko Stange, Dirk Klynsmith PUBlIShED By Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom PUBlIShER Chris Lambden email@example.com ADVERTISING Richard Partridge firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 Mark Sutton email@example.com se Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) firstname.lastname@example.org .com WEEK F1 >>> nEWs Accessible via the GPWeeK APP CLICK on the appropriate provider (right) Alonso rEturn rAisEs quEstions The ongoing saga of Fernando Alonso's testing crash in Barcelona rumbled on in Malaysia as the spaniard made his long awaited return to the McLaren cockpit. Shrouded in mystery and intrigue, there has been much speculation surrounding the crash which saw Alonso spend three days in hospital and miss the Australian Grand Prix. Much of that has been a result of a PR disaster at McLaren which has seen the story change a number of times since the crash, with its unwillingness to be open only fueling speculation. Sepang marked the first opportunity the world's press had to ask Alonso about the incident and, sensing the impending media onslaught, McLaren issued a release stating questions relating to the crash would only be answered in Friday's press conference. "We had a steering problem in the middle of turn three," came the explanation from Alonso when asked about the events immediately prior to his crash. "It locked into the right and I approached the wall I braked in the last moment, I downshift from fifth to third, and yeah, unfortunately on the data we are still missing some parts." His comments are in stark contrast to those made by team boss Ron Dennis, who has categorically denied any failure on the part of the car. How much can be read into Dennis' statements is questionable though, he's already been caught out lying about the incident for which he issued an apology. Alosno also rubbished suggestions he woke up thinking he was an aspiring go-karter or that an electric shock rendered him unconcious making him lose control. "There is a time that I don't remember from two o'clock to six o'clock or something like that," he explained, "but everything again was normal due to the medication that they give you to go into the helicopter and to do some tests in the hospital. "I didn't wake up in '95, I didn't wake up speaking in Italian or all these things that probably they were out there. I remember the accident and I remember everything that following day." Yet despite Alonso's assertions that everything was fine there are a host of questions unanswered. Why, for example, is he adament the steering locked while McLaren insists there was no car failure? Why was he air-lifted to hospital for such a seemingly innocuous knock rather than being taken by ambulance, and why did he spend three days there once he was admitted? There are questions which remain unanswered and with the team closing up shop around the matter it seems unlikely the full story will ever emerge. 8 GPWEEK.com // 8 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: