March 5, 2015
Alonso "Crashgate 2.0" getting downright weird as some suggest he lost his memory.
"I'm Fernando Alonso, I race karts and I would like to drive in F1 one day"
According to Spain's El Pais that's how the McLaren driver answered emergency personnel who intervened after his testing crash in Barcelona. Alonso, the article continues, had lost the last 20 years of memories and was convinced it was 1995.
Germany's tabloid Bild instead reports Alonso started speaking Italian after that accident and was adamant he still drove for Ferrari. Given the performance of both Ferrari and McLaren there is a tinge of the comical to this assertion.
Of course concussions are not funny and it's right Alonso's doctors and F1 are taking all precautions necessary after Nando got his bell rung.
What is not right is trying to hide things. On the one hand there are the "nothing to see here, move along" journalists and on the other the wild conspiracy theorists. The truth is most likely somewhere in between.
Certainly very few are buying the "it was a gust of wind" explanation from McLaren. Auto Motor Sport reports Fernando entered the turn at 215km/h then, mid-corner, hit the brakes and downshifted three gears before turning into the inside wall. Maldonado, yes, you might not question it but Alonso? And there are still questions as to why it was necessary to sedate Alonso after the crash.
One thing is absolutely certain: the Nando and Ron show, season 2, is off to a complicated start.