F1: Alonso fit for Malaysia Grand Prix

(AGI) Sepang (Malaysia), March 26 - Fernando Alonso has beencleared to race in this weekend's Malaysia Grand Prix. Alonsowill step back into his McLaren on Friday at Sepang afterpassing a series of concussion tests following a crash at theCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which forced him out of theseason-opening race in Australia. The former Ferrari driver wasthe star of a press conference on Thursday, at which he talkedabout the accident. "I am very happy to be here in Sepang,"Alonso said. "I remember everything. It was Sunday morning, Iremember all the setup changes, all

(AGI) Sepang (Malaysia), March 26 - Fernando Alonso has beencleared to race in this weekend's Malaysia Grand Prix. Alonsowill step back into his McLaren on Friday at Sepang afterpassing a series of concussion tests following a crash at theCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which forced him out of theseason-opening race in Australia. The former Ferrari driver wasthe star of a press conference on Thursday, at which he talkedabout the accident. "I am very happy to be here in Sepang,"Alonso said. "I remember everything. It was Sunday morning, Iremember all the setup changes, all the lap times. I rememberturning off the radio after the first impact, the arrival ofthe commissioners; I was fully conscious. There is no clearindication regarding the cause of the accident, but we had aproblem with the steering, which blocked to the right. The datado not tell us everything. It certainly was not the wind, evena hurricane will not move the car at that speed. At the end ofthe day we know motorsport is dangerous. We know that sometimesyou have a big, spectacular accident and the car is completelydestroyed and nothing happens, and sometimes you crash in a lowspeed corner or something, and it depends on the angle, dependson how you hit, or which part of the body you hit, you havemore or less injuries. It is the same in everyday day life:sometimes you live an extreme life and nothing happens andsometimes you walk on the street and have a big problem. Ifully trust the team. They've been looking at every singlecomponent of the car for a month so I think we have the safestcar right now, because of all the studies that they've done."Alonso said he was sure there will be no repeat of theaccident. He also explained that the some of the confusionabout the cause of the accident came from "the very earlyquotes and very early explanations because attention was veryhigh at that moment. The stress was very high, I was inintensive care, there was some urgency to say something becausethere was a lot of attention so that was probably part of theconfusion." Talking about the moments following the accident,he said: "I went to the hospital in good condition. There is atime that I don't remember from two o'clock to six o'clock orsomething like that, but everything again was normal due to themedication that they give you. Everything was normal. I didn'twake up in 1995, I didn't wake up speaking in Italian or allthese things they said. I remember the incident is all that hashappened. I felt ready to go to Australia as well but Iunderstand also the recommendation from the doctor that it wasmaybe too early. It was hard to see the GP on TV, but now I'mhere and I'm ready to help the team." Alonso thanked everybodyfor the support he received during his recovery. "It's beenamazing how many messages from people I've received. So manywarm wishes from all the sport and government and everyone.Everyone was so interested." Closing the chapter, Alonso lookedahead to the upcoming race. "I am happy to be here. Malaysiahas always been a very nice circuit for me. My first poleposition was here in 2003, my first podium and then three winswith three different teams. I know it's going to be very toughthis year to repeat such a result but I'm happy to be back inthe cockpit.". .