FIA stewards take no action over Alonso/Gutierrez crash

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The FIA has decided to take no further action following a stewards’ investigation into the terrifying crash involving Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez in Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix.

On lap 18 of the race, Alonso ran over the back of Gutierrez’s Haas car at almost 200 mph on the run down to Turn 3 at Albert Park.

The Spaniard’s McLaren speared into the wall before spinning in the air after digging into the gravel, eventually coming to rest upside down.

Remarkably, Alonso was able to walk away from the shunt, but his car had been destroyed. Alonso said after the race that he felt lucky to be alive, while Gutierrez was also shaken by the incident.

The FIA stewards announced soon after the crash that they would be investigating to see if either driver had been responsible.

However, they confirmed after the race that no action would be taken, saying they had “examined the evidence and conclude that no driver was wholly or predominately to blame”.

Interestingly, German journalist Tobias Gruener reported on Sunday that Gutierrez’s car had switched into power reduction mode in a bit to recharge its battery, causing him to slow and causing the shunt.

Regardless, both Gutierrez and Alonso were thankful to have escaped unharmed.