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Published: 15:05 | 20/3/16

Alonso: Australia GP crash 'worst of my career'


Fernando Alonso says his 200mph Australian Grand Prix crash was the worst of his entire racing career.

The Spaniard hit the wall before rolling through the air twice after he ran into the back of an under-braking Esteban Gutierrez on turn three.

The McLaren car was a write-off, missing all four wheels and its bodywork in pieces, but the two-time world champion was able to walk away unharmed.

"You are not exactly aware where you are," he said.

"You are just flying and then you see the sky, the ground, the sky, the ground and you don't know.

"Then I didn't know where I was because I was so far from the track. Everything happened slower than on the outside.

"You want to stop and it doesn't stop, it keeps going and going and going. It was quite scary."

The 34-year-old admits he felt helpless as the McLaren car became airborne, and says it was a scarier accident that the one he had at the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix, where he hit a tyre and ploughed into a wall.

"This was probably harder than the Brazil one," he said.

"You are a bit scared after the first impact and when you see you are in the air, you hope to land the right and not against a wall or head-on or something.

"When you are rolling you want it to stop, but you feel it's never stopping. Then when it stopped I saw a small hole to get out and I thought I'd get out quickly, because at home they'd want me to get out quickly. That's the first thing I thought."

Nico Rosberg finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel to win the Australian Grand Prix, the opening race of the 2016 season.

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