MAN WITH NO TROUBLE: Felipe Nasr of Brazil and his Sauber F1 during 2015 Formula 1 testing at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain. Image: AP / Manu Fernandez
BARCELONA, Spain - A second week has begun with the saga surrounding Fernando Alonso's crash during testing at the Catalunya circuit near here still high in the headlines.
The most important issue, of course, is the McLaren-Honda driver's health and Spanish news media report that he will visit doctors - probably in his native Oviedo where he has been recuperating - in the next two or three days.
If he gets the green light, Alonso will travel to Australia where he will then have to undergo official FIA medical checks before driving in Melbourne, but meanwhile controversy continues to rage...
'STRANGE TRAJECTORY' VIDEO
Spain's El Mundo newspaper has reportedly angered McLaren by claiming that Alonso, who has no memory of the crash, is demanding the team tell him what happened in Catalunya's Turn 3 when he lost control. The report said the 33-year-old "and his people" were convinced something went wrong with the car and wanted assurances that whatever it was would not recur.
El Mundo cited circuit sources who said although track video recordings of the crash were low quality they did show the "strange trajectory" of the car.
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "It would be interesting to say my opinion but I cannot. You always have a bit of fear, but this episode has not increased it, because I don't know what happened. Nobody knows - perhaps not even Fernando."
Team boss Eric Boullier, however, repeated McLaren supremo Ron Dennis' claim that the team was hiding nothing. "I've read and heard a lot of things, especially from the Italian and Spanish news media," he said, "and 90% of it is false."
So, for now, all eyes are firmly on Alonso, and the question of whether or not he will be declared fit to race in Australia.
'I HAD SIMILAR ACCIDENT'
"I know my father has spoken with (his manager) Luis Garcia Abad and everything appears that Fernando will be in Australia," said fellow Spaniard and friend Carlos Sainz. "It is very important for me to be with him there and I hope he will be," he was quoted as saying by El Confidencial newspaper.
As for the reportedly bizarre circumstances of the crash, Sainz added: "Honestly, everything seems to be as they (McLaren) said it was. I had a very similar accident. It was a very difficult day with the wind; on one lap it was 30km/h, the next 80km/h.
"I think it was an unfortunate accident with a type of collision that hurt the driver. It is time to stop the speculation."