Formula 1 driver knows he’s ‘lucky to be alive’ after frightening crash

The bump with Esteban Gutierrez didn’t look that serious, but it sent the Formula 1 car of Spanish driver Fernando Alonso flying and flipping through the air in the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Amazingly, Alonso walked away unscathed.

The crash -- photo Alex Coppel
The crash — photo Alex Coppel

“I am lucky to be here and thankful to be here,” he said (via the Daily Mail). “It was a scary moment and a scary crash. When I stopped I saw a little space to get out of the car and I went out quickly just to make sure that my mum, who was watching the race on TV at home, could see that I was okay.”

The video, especially the slow-mo part that begins about one minute in, is frightening.

Alonso was, understandably, a little shaken.

“You are not exactly aware where you are. You are just flying and then you see the sky, the ground, the sky, the ground and you don’t know,” he said. “Then I didn’t know where I was because I was so far from the track. Everything happened slower than on the outside. You want to stop and it doesn’t stop, it keeps going and going and going. It was quite scary.”

A little later, he posted on Instagram. “I am aware that today I spent some of the luck remaining in life,” he wrote. “I want to thank @mclaren, the FIA for the safety on this cars. Also my colleagues and fans for the concern and unconditional support.

Alonso and Guittrez
Alonso and Guterrez

Now it’s time to rest and think about Bahrain, and get back in the car to get the first points of this year!!”