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Alonso ‘lucky’ to be alive

Fernando Alonso waves to the crowd ahead of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on Sunday. Photo: Mark Thompson

Fernando Alonso waves to the crowd ahead of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on Sunday. Photo: Mark Thompson   | Photo Credit: Mark Thompson

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Fernando Alonso felt ‘lucky’ to be alive after walking away from a spectacular crash that left his obliterated McLaren scattered across the Albert Park circuit and brought a halt to the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.

“I’m okay; I’m trying to put everything in place again,” the 34-year-old told Sky Sports in the paddock. “It was a scary crash. Lucky to be here and happy to be here, and thankful to be here — especially to the FIA and all the safety. Thanks to that probably I’m alive. “We lost the power unit and the car because there was a lot of damage, but I’m super happy to be talking.”

Race control said Alonso’s contact with Gutierrez would be investigated, but the Spaniard said neither driver was to blame. “We were racing; I kept in the slip-stream as late as I could, and at the last moment I tried to move. It’s tough; you can only see the rear wing.”

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