Alonso thought it was 1995 – report

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Published: Friday 6th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Fernando Alonso suffered memory loss so severe after his recent pre-season testing crash that he forgot he was a Formula One driver, according to a Spanish newspaper.

The national newspaper El Pais claims McLaren driver Alonso thought it was 1995 when first questioned by doctors after the incident in Barcelona on February 22.

It further reports the Spaniard responding to routine questions about his identity by saying: “My name is Fernando, I race karts and I want to be a Formula One driver.”

Alonso began his Formula One career in 2001, and according to the Spanish newspaper report he had no initial recollection of his drives for Minardi, Renault, McLaren and Ferrari, before his memory returned.

The two-time Formula One champion sustained concussion and has been ruled out of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, which takes place next week in Melbourne.

McLaren are optimistic Alonso will be ready to race by the Malaysian Grand Prix at the end of March, with the driver’s doctors said by the team to be “satisfied… he sustained no damage whatsoever” in the crash.

He misses the Australia trip on the advice of doctors because of the fear of ‘second-impact syndrome’, a second concussion occurring when the effects of the first are still subsiding, potentially resulting in severe brain injuries, or even death.

A McLaren statement on Tuesday suggested there was no cause for concern with Alonso after his accident.

McLaren said the 33-year-old was ”asymptomatic”, with ”no evidence whatsoever of any injury” and ”entirely healthy from neurological and cardiac perspectives”.

Kevin Magnussen, demoted to reserve driver following the Spaniard’s return to McLaren after a seven-year absence, will take Alonso’s race seat in Australia.

Published: Friday 6th March 2015 by The News Editor

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