The Spaniard went off track at turn four after emerging from his second stop alongside Jean-Eric Vergne. With nowhere to go, he was forced onto the bumpy run-off area and kerbs. His car was briefly pitched into the air before he re-joined the circuit.
He visited the stewards after the race but was not penalised for the incident. A steward’s statement read: “While car #3 did leave the track at Turn 3-4 the stewards believe that he had no choice, as car #18 closed on him.”
An FIA-mandated g-force alarm on the chassis of his Ferrari F138 went off following his off-track excursion, meaning a compulsory trip to the hospital for checks.
The alarm alerts medical staff when a driver experiences g-forces of over 15G. Alonso visited the circuit medical centre first before being taken to hospital. He was given the all-clear by medics later that night.
The double world champion joked with media after the race, prior to his visit to hospital, saying: “I still have all my teeth after the bump! My back is in a little pain because it was a big hit. We have an alarm on the chassis and after a minimum of G-force there is an alarm on the chassis for big crashes to tell the medical car and whatever. The chassis has this alarm now in parc ferme, but hopefully I am okay for Austin.”
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