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Alonso doesn't remember crash - Briatore

2015-02-24 08:20

ENDING SPECULATION: Flavia Briatore says Fernando Alonso doesn't remember the crash at Catalunya in SpainImage: Shutterstock.

BARCELONA, Spain - Flavio Briatore says Fernando Alonso does not remember the crash that has left him in a Barcelona hospital.

McLaren has denied wild conspiracy theories about the cause of the accident that so far has seen its driver spend two nights in hospital recovering from concussion and the effects of his post-crash sedation.

His manager, Luis Garcia Abad, eased the F1 world's gravest fears late on Monday when he published a photo of the 33-year-old smiling and giving a thumbs-up whilst sitting in his hospital bed on social media.

'JUST AN ACCIDENT'

Flavio Briatore, a guiding hand throughout Alonso's F1 career, also played down the wilder speculation about the cause of the crash.

The former Renault boss said: "It was just an accident. From the telemetry we see that he was trying to keep the car on the track.

"It is the second serious accident of his career...the first being in 2004 (actually 2003) when he took a really hard impact in Sao Paulo.

"The important thing is that the (medical) tests are all negative. He does not remember the incident, but that is normal.  I think he will be out of the hospital on Tuesday."

'THESE THINGS HAPPEN'

He denied rumours about the crash, including that Alonso was electrocuted by struggling Honda's new energy recovery system.

Briatore said: "I do not understand those stories. It was a normal accident.

"Unfortunately, these things happen - even with a driver like Fernando - as the G-forces are tremendous.  At other times you can have a much more spectacular crash and nothing happens to you."

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