Alonso says ‘everything still a mess’ after Aus crash

Michelle Foster
Fernando Alonso's crashed Alpine car is lifted by a crane. Melbourne April 2022

Fernando Alonso's crashed Alpine car is lifted by a crane, marshals holding the car steady. Melbourne April 2022

With his wrists still strapped almost two months after his Australian qualifying crash, Fernando Alonso has revealed surgery won’t help, he needs rest.

And that, he points out, is not going to happen any time soon.

Alonso crashed during qualifying at the Albert Park circuit and while it didn’t look to be a big hit, the Alpine driver’s wrists hurt in the contact with the barrier.

It has been almost two months since the crash and yet he was spotted after the Monaco Grand Prix walking around with both wrists strapped in blue bandaged.

He told Reuters: “It’s still from Australia.”

“Bones, ligaments, tendons, everything is a mess at the moment.

“I need two or three months and there is no surgery, nothing you can do. Just rest.

“Unfortunately, every two weeks I have to drive so I try to rest at home but it will take a few months.”

Formula 1 does have its summer break from August 1 for three weeks but that is not enough time for Alonso to make a full recovery.

Told that he could take a break and hand the car over to Alpine reserve driver, he replied: “The team desperately needs the points.”

Alonso was back in the points in Monaco, finishing in seventh place to secure his third top-ten result of the championship.

He did so by masterfully holding up a frustrated Lewis Hamilton in the final stint, Mercedes not impressed with his deliberate “Formula 2” pace.

Alonso said of that: “It’s not my problem.

“We had to do a lot of tyre management. We had some concerns that the yellow tyres could grain a lot on our car, and the first 10 or 15 laps I took care of the tyres a lot.


“After that I pushed again when they told me Esteban had to make a five-second gap, but at that point Hamilton didn’t want to push, hold Esteban at the back – yeah, disappointing.”


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