Fernando Alonso said Esteban Gutierrez was not to blame for the huge crash which put both out of the Australian Grand Prix.
Alonso was trying to overtake the Haas driver when the pair made contact, launching the McLaren into the barriers. The pair were unhurt but Alonso’s car sustained significant damage.
The stewards have summoned both drivers to explain the collision but when he was asked by reporters if there was any blame to apportion Alonso said: “No I don’t think so.”
“I think we are racing, we are fighting and I took the slipstream as much as I could,” he said. “In the last moment I tried to move, I don’t know if it was too late, I moved as well because I wait for the last moment.”
“Obviously you see only the rear wing, you don’t have the full vision of the track so it’s tough and for him the same thing. You try to defend and you don’t know exactly what the other guy is doing. So we are both happy and OK now talking to you, so that’s the real important point.”
Alonso said he was “OK” after climbing from the wreckage of his car. “It was a scary moment, a scary crash.”
“Lucky to be here and happy to be here and thankful to be here especially to the FIA and all the safety because probably I’m alive thanks to that.”
“At the same time we are racing and we lost the opportunity of points, we lost the opportunity of starting the championship OK. We lost probably the power unit and the whole car because we have a lot of damage but as I said I’m super-happy to be here talking to you guys.”
Update: The stewards have cleared Alonso and Gutierrez over the collision.
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