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GP Week : Issue 194
ALONSO OK AFTER 25G HIT Fernando Alonso was taken to hospital for precautionary checks after yesterday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, having complained of back pain after flying over a high kerb late in the race. Data showed the car had registered a 25g ‘impact ’ when Alonso, returning to the track after a late pit-stop for fresh Option tyres, had to swerve over a kerb to avoid Jean-eric Vergne – who hadn’t seen the Ferrari. Before being taken to hospital and cleared by doctors, Alonso had to convince race stewards that this wasn’t a ‘track limits’ offence and that he shouldn’t be penalized for it. Vegne corroborated Alonso’s version of events and no action was taken. "I still have all my teeth after the impact," Alonso quipped after the race. "My back is obviously in pain a little bit because it was a big hit." Alonso has suffered similar back-jarring moments in previous on-track incidents, and chose to take no risks. F1 >>> nEWs 6 GPWEEK.com // 6 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: