Alonso Blames F1 Car Fault for Crash That Hospitalized Him

Formula One driver Fernando Alonso said a steering malfunction caused the crash that left him hospitalized, rejecting his McLaren-Honda team’s initial findings that blamed wind.

The 33-year-old Spaniard spent three days under observation after his car hit a wall in a Barcelona practice on Feb. 22. Alonso said he lost consciousness after receiving medication following the accident, according to a news conference transcript published by Formula1.com

The day after the crash, McLaren-Honda said there was no evidence of a mechanical failure. A subsequent review of the car turned up nothing abnormal, the team said this week.

“It’s clear there was a problem in the car” even if it hasn’t been identified yet, Alonso said. “I understand completely and support the team until they find a clean answer that it was this or that.”

A hurricane wouldn’t have moved the car at the speed it was traveling, the driver added.

Two-time champion Alonso, who missed the season-opening March 15 race in Melbourne as a precautionary measure, is scheduled to race in the Malaysian Grand Prix in three days.

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