The Ferrari team have revealed that Alonso’s car suffered massive damage to the rear in the clash with Vettel.
The Spaniard was able to continue, however, and managed to overtake Vettel a few laps later; but Team Ferrari reckon Fernando had a very lucky escape. Had the damaged bit of the car broken out of the chassis, the race would have ended indefinitely for the driver.
Here is what Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicalli had to say about the incident:
“We had a problem with the car and if you see, it has big damage on the left rear and also there was something broken from a mechanical point of view.
“We told him at the end not to go on the kerbs because he could have had a bigger problem. I am pleased that he finished the race.”
Sebastian Vettel eventually got a drive through penalty for the clash with Alonso.
With both the Red-Bull(s) not scoring, Fernando Alonso has increased his lead in the championship to 37 points.