--
 
BMW X Range: Command any road

Highly adventurous or more of an urban traveller? The BMW X Range offers the perfect model for every lifestyle. - Sponsored

DJ Fresh meets the 'American Pony'

AutoTrader arranges a special meeting between DJ Fresh and two very special 'Ponies' - Sponsored.

FIA eyes Alonso's broken seat after crash

2016-03-29 10:18

SAFETY IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Fernando Alonso's dramatic crashis being probed by the FIA following reports his seat was broken.Image: AFP / Alex Coppel

The FIA has launched an investigation into Fernando Alonso's spectacular Melbourne crash, with insiders saying the Spaniard was lucky to survive. 

Reports including one in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reveal the governing body's probe follows revelations Alonso's seat was actually broken as his McLaren-Honda flipped through the Albert Park gravel.

It is claimed Alonso's carbon-fibred seat broke at around shoulder height due to forces exceeding 46G, triggering the investigation as the FIA aims to learn from the accident for the future.

The report said the all-new rearwards-facing, ultra slow-motion camera that was made mandatory in 2016 will be fundamental to the study.

  



And Corriere della Sera concluded: "If the chassis of the McLaren-Honda can be repaired for Bahrain, Alonso will have a new engine installed because it was heavily damaged in Australia."



Read more on:    mclaren-honda  |  fia  |  fernando alonso  |  f1  |  motorsport  |  crash

Inside Wheels24

As it happened: 2016 Hungarian GP - Hamilton dominates in Budapest

Lewis Hamilton dominated the 2016 Hungarian GP to take the Championship lead.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.