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2012-09-03 07:49

LUCKY TO HAVE SURVIVED: Romain Grosjean's crash could've ended up much worse as his airborne Lotus cause multiple collisions at the Belgian Grand Prix.

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS - Ferrari's Fernando Alonso said he felt fortunate to have escaped serious injury in the Belgian Grand Prix when he was almost beheaded by Romain Grosjean's airborne Lotus.

Alonso was left a stranded victim of a multiple collision triggered by Grosjean's aggression.


"I'm disappointed because of the points lost," he said, "but I'm also lucky that I can be in the car in five days at Monza because - looking at the images - we were turning in so you could have a problem with your hands or even your head because Grosjean's car was so close.


"I think we broke everything on top of the car. It was lucky in that aspect. I didn't know what happened until I saw it on TV because it was difficult to imagine how the hit could be so big or how a car could be on you so quickly. Later on TV I saw Grosjean and Hamilton touch - they lost control and then it was in front of us.

"I stayed in the car for a few seconds because I had back pain," he added. "Then there was a little bit of fire so they came with extinguishers and I decided to jump out because I could not breathe with all the smoke."

He added that the start had been eventful even before the accident. "The first thing was (Pastor) Maldonado. I was surprised because we still had the red lights and he was already P3 or P2.

"It was a big jumped start. Then the start was good... I overtook the two Saubers and was third then I started turning in and then it felt like a train coming. It was a big, big hit," he said.

Alonso's elimination meant the end of his unbroken run of points-scoring finishes in 2012 and saw his lead in the title race cut to 24 points.


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