SOMETHING ISN'T RIGHT... McLaren's statement that Fernando Alonso's crash was 'normal' proved unsatisfactory as many experts and fans believe it was anything but. Image: McLaren
LONDON, England - Jacques Villeneuve joins scores of Formula 1 experts, pundits and fans who have been left "confused" by Fernando Alonso's mystery crash saga.
Alonso spent four days in hospital and is sitting out Barcelona testing after a crash into the Catalunya track wall that has been described by McLaren-Honda as "normal" and that team boss Ron Dennis said on Thursday (Feb 26) left him "categorically not injured".
Alonso's participation in the first 2015 F1 race in Melbourne in March, is also in doubt.
'IT SOUNDS WEIRD'
Like scores of others in the world of F1, former driver Villeneuve thinks many elements of the story do not add up.
He was reported by Italy's La Repubblica as saying: "You can certainly lose control of the car for technical reasons, a loss of concentration. Even because of the wind even though I know the Indianapolis 500 when you are hurtling around with the wind at 360km/h.
"If you are at the limit, you can make mistakes, but I have read so many things about this incident, among them that the speed was not very high. When you think this happened to a driver such as Alonso it sounds weird.
"I'm not a doctor, I have not spoken to him, but as I understand it the hit was not very hard. Maybe it was a bad impact angle, I don't know, but it's a story that leaves me a bit confused.
"The thing that troubles me is the sense of mystery: McLaren has told us many things and who knows if the truth is among them."
One conspiracy theory is that Alonso had some sort of seizure or fainting episode, while Dennis vehemently rejected claims that Honda's immature energy recovery systems electrically shocked him.
Villeneuve said: "I cannot say yes or no, I have no information, but this 'power unit' I don't like - the idea of drivers waiting for a light to come on before they get out of the car because of electric shock, or the marshals having to wear gloves.
"I have nothing against progress but when it comes to something that adds nothing to the show it is a ridiculous and unnecessary danger."
If Alonso's hospital stay was due to a blow to the head, however, Villeneuve urged him to recover fully before driving again: "The head is not a leg or an arm. I would bet he will be in Melbourne, because we are drivers and we want to be in the car, but in 1999 I took a crazy blow on the head at Spa and 20 minutes later I was back in the car.
"I stopped after one lap because I was seeing stars. When it comes to the brain, a second blow can be fatal - Fernando has the blood and the courage of a driver but he should listen to the doctors."