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Alonso Walks Away From Devastating F1 Wreck

The Formula 1 season began Sunday in wild fashion.  The Australian Grand Prix, held in Melbourne featured the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen racing past their Mercedes foes at the surprising start.

But while the race out front was spectacular, filled with differing strategies, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez remain the talk of the race.  

On lap 18, as Alonso chased Gutierrez into turn 3, the two collided with Alonso catching the left rear of Gutierrez’s Haas F1 car.  The incident propelled Alonso first into the the left wall, sent him airborne, then had him roll into the outside barrier.  

The scary incident left little of Alonso’s McLaren-Honda, leaving many fearing the worst. Yet somehow he emerged from the wreck and limped away.


Gutierrez and Alonso conferred with one another, clearly thankful the incident wasn’t worse and then both left the track, cleared and released by medical personnel at the scene.

In interviews afterward, Alonso said that he thought of his “mum” and that the safety of the cars is something that should be applauded, stating that “we are both happy and talking here.”

The accident caused the race to be red-flagged; after the restart Nico Rosberg went on to win the race.

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Seems like Ferrari has closed the gap to Mercedes by just a bit. Yet we saw another example of them fumbling the strategy. A far cry from the days of Schumacher/Brawn where every call seemed to be the right one. I guess the need to be perfect to win makes that happen.


How about the new choice of three tire compounds? A change I think I like. Perhaps if F1 did 10 pit stops a race like NASCAR, their race strategy would improve. Haas didn’t make that mistake. I wondered if the team went with the decision to go red in spite of knowing everyone else was going white or did everyone hide their compounds till the last second. A good race I’d say.

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