Fernando Alonso is a two-time Formula One world champion and one of the most talented drivers of his generation. He had a major accident during the 2016 Australian Grand Prix, which caused a temporary suspension of the race.
Alonso's accident happened on lap 17 of the race when he collided with the rear of Esteban Gutierrez's Haas F1 car at high speed. The impact caused Alonso's McLaren to fly into the air before hitting the barrier at the side of the track and then flipping several times before coming to a stop upside down.
The safety team was quickly on the scene and they managed to extract Alonso from the wreckage. He was conscious throughout and was able to climb out of the car with the help of the marshals. He was then taken to the circuit medical center where he underwent a number of tests.
Fortunately, Alonso was found to have no serious injuries and was released from hospital the next day. However, he was unable to take part in the following race in Bahrain due to a rib injury sustained in the accident.
The accident was a reminder of the dangers of Formula One racing and the importance of safety measures in the sport. Alonso himself has spoken about how lucky he was to escape with only minor injuries and has since continued to compete in Formula One, now driving for the Alpine F1 Team.
Fernando Alonso, a two-time Formula One World Champion, was involved in a serious accident during pre-season testing in Barcelona in 2015. The accident occurred on the final day of testing when Alonso's McLaren-Honda car hit the wall of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya at high speed.
The incident left Alonso unconscious for several minutes and he was taken to hospital for medical attention. Initial reports suggested that he had suffered a concussion and other minor injuries, but further tests revealed that he had no serious injuries.
There was speculation at the time that the accident may have been caused by a technical fault with the car, but McLaren-Honda denied any such issues. The team suggested that Alonso had simply lost control of the car and that it was a normal racing incident.
Despite the severity of the accident, Alonso was back in the car just a few weeks later for the opening race of the 2015 season in Australia. He finished the race in 11th place, but it was clear that he was still struggling with the after-effects of the accident.
The incident had a significant impact on Alonso's season, as he struggled to compete at the same level as his rivals. He finished the year in 17th place in the drivers' championship, his worst ever result in a full season of Formula One.
Alonso left McLaren at the end of the 2018 season and returned to the sport with Renault (now Alpine) in 2021. Despite being in his 40s, he remains one of the most talented and popular drivers in the sport, and his return has been warmly welcomed by fans and fellow drivers alike.