Williams driver Felipe Massa has called for some perspective as the Formula 1 community continues to speculate about the cause of Fernando Alonso’s testing crash.
Last Sunday in Barcelona, Alonso crashed heavily into the wall on the inside of turn three at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
McLaren CEO Ron Dennis confirmed on Thursday that the Spaniard had been briefly knocked unconscious but was not concussed by the crash.
However, McLaren racing director Eric Boullier had offered a different view on the day of the crash, saying Alonso was “concussed during the accident, which therefore required an overnight stay in hospital as a precaution.”
The Spaniard was eventually discharged after three days in hospital and has been forced to miss this week’s test in Barcelona.
In the paddock, speculation about the cause behind the crash has been rife. McLaren claimed that it was due to the high winds, but many theories emerged in the aftermath of the accident, prompting Dennis to meet with the press on Thursday to set the record straight.
Although Massa believed that it was a strange accident, he called for some perspective and for people to focus on the fact that Alonso was unharmed and back at home instead of accusing McLaren of not telling the truth.
“It was very strange, definitely,” Massa said. “Why should the team lie? I don’t think they are. Maybe he had a problem with the wind? For sure it was strange. I don’t see the point to lie.
“The only important thing is that he is fine. He is out of hospital and I think that is the most important thing. I understand that you guys are journalists and you want to understand if he’ll do the race or not, but for me the most important thing is that he’s good. Whether he’s doing the first race is less important than how he is. If he’s okay, that’s the most important thing.”
Massa said that instead of inventing theories regarding the crash, the F1 community should instead leave the investigation to its governing body, the FIA, and stop jumping to conclusions.
“Strange is one thing; inventing something is another thing,” Massa said. “I don’t think we need to invent anything. We just need to believe what’s happened.
“If something happened that nobody knows, the FIA is there to check and control and to see. If you see Fernando in the car, it means everything is fine. But I’m happy that he’s okay.”