VETTEL'S VIDEO THE ANSWER? The reason for Fernando Alonso's (pictured here) mystery crash could lie with video captured by Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari. Image: AP / Quique Garcia
LONDON, England - The theory that McLaren Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso was unconscious before he hit the track wall during testing in Spain is gaining support.
Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that the key to the mystery could be on video captured by the Ferrari being driven close behind Alonso by Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel said after the crash that Alonso's reactions had appeared "strange" but he has now amended the record by insisting that the crash was not so "dramatic" and that he only saw the final moments of it anyway.
STILL A MYSTERY
La Gazzetta, however, claims the video shows the Honda-powered McLaren suddenly slowed then went into the wall.
Even F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has used the word "inexplicable" to describe the crash.
He said: "It's as though he lost his senses for a moment. I don't know if an electric shock was possible but if it was that the engineers and doctors would have been able to detect it.
"Certainly it is a mystery."
Another unconvinced voice is that of Joaquin Verdegay, a former International Automobile Federation official and steward, who told the Spanish daily AS: "It would be easier to believe if we had been told he blacked out or had had a bad breakfast, which can happen to anybody.
"Something happened. The loss of consciousness was the cause, not the effect."Stay with Wheels24 for the 2015 F1 season – fresh reports every day.