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McLaren is at a loss: why did Alonso turn inward?

McLaren is at a loss
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E s is one of the most puzzling accidents in recent years. Because it happened at a slow pace. Because Fernando Alonso turned right in a right curve. Because you don't know why the McLaren changed its direction of travel so atypically. And because there is still no explanation as to why Alonso briefly lost consciousness in the impact, but has since been reported by McLaren as uninjured.

The McLaren driver left the track at Turn 3 at around 150 km /h, at one point that can handle 230 km /h. Inward, and not following the laws of physics towards the outer edge of the route. Just like Carlos Sainz junior three and a half hours later. That suggests something may have gone dramatically wrong. But what?

Wind theory is unlikely

Alonso's manager Luis Garcia Abad suspected that the strong crosswinds was to blame. That is rather unlikely. Not at this rate. Not with a driver in Alonso's class. And not when Sebastian Vettel drives through the curve almost at the same time and has no problems. Further speculation spoke of a blackout of the driver in the cockpit. That has now been denied.

All that remains is a technical problem. A suspension defect on the left side maybe? A flat tire like the day before at Jenson Button? Or the break of the front wing? McLaren claims they have not found anything suspicious yet.

The fact is that the front wing has been torn off. You don't know whether before or after the accident. In any case, it wasn't where the car came to a stop. The right rear wheel was kinked. That could have happened on impact. Someone claims to have seen damage to the left side of the suspension. It wasn't involved in the impact.

Alonso impact with more than 15g

The data shows that Alonso hit the wall twice. The first impact was relatively severe. You hear of just over 30 g in the tip. More than 15 g are said to have been measured for 54 milliseconds. The cockpit warning light came on, as always when the delay exceeded 15 g.

Such impacts can knock a person out for a short time. beat. When Alonso came to, he obviously didn't know the answer to simple questions. Therefore, he was taken to the hospital for observation. The diagnosis was a concussion, explained team boss EricBoullier. The extent to which a mission in the coming test week is at risk has not yet been answered.

At least there is an explanation for why Alonso was exposed to astonishingly high forces in the relatively harmless-looking accident. The McLaren hit the wall so badly with the side that the wheels stayed on the car. So there was nothing that would have absorbed the energy. The power was transferred directly to the chassis and thus to the driver via the suspension.


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