Former FIA president Max Mosley doubts that Fernando Alonso would have survived his terrifying Australia crash 15 years ago.
Alonso crashed out at almost 200 mph in last Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix, smashing into the wall after running over the back of Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas car.
Alonso smashed into the wall before his car was flipped in the air after digging into the gravel, eventually coming to rest the wrong way up.
Remarkably, Alonso was able to get out of the car unaided and walk away from the shunt, later saying that he felt lucky to be alive.
Mosley played a big role in improving safety standards in F1 during his presidency, and told The Telegraph that he doubts Alonso would have survived the crash 15-20 years ago.
“I don’t think he would have,” Mosley said. “You wouldn’t know for sure without a detailed analysis but generally speaking those sorts of accidents resulted in serious injury or death. Happily that seems to have stopped now.
“There are still freak accidents, like Jules [Bianchi’s], but those sort of serious racing accidents, you do expect the driver to walk away. That wouldn’t have been the case 20 years ago.”
Alonso is likely to take a entirely new car for the next race in Bahrain such was the severity of the shunt, including a new power unit from his season allocation of five.