Ferrari: Fernando Alonso is 'fine'
Ferrari have assured Fernando Alonso's fans that the Spaniard is fit and raring to go for their home Italian GP this weekend just days on from being caught up in the frightening first-corner pile-up at Spa.
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The World Championship leader saw his attempt to equal Michael Schumacher's record of 24 straight points finishes ended through no fault of his own at the start of last Sunday's race as Romain Grosjean's tangle with Lewis Hamilton caused a chain reaction that sent both cars careering into his Ferrari, with the former's Lotus flying just centimetres from his crash helmet overt the top of the car.
Alonso's car was also briefly knocked into the air from behind and the subsequent impact with the ground led a sore back, but after several days of recuperation spent at the team's base in Maranello, Ferrari's Luca Collajani says the double World Champion is looking forward to taking to the track again.
"He's fine. He came back with the team on Sunday night to Maranello but already Monday morning he was okay," the team's Director of Communications chief told Sky Sports News' Rachel Brookes at Monza.
"He spent three days in Maranello doing some meetings, some simulator activity plus some PR stuff. He enjoyed staying with us as normal and he's perfectly fit for the race and really keen to come back on track as soon as possible."
With his accident proving one of the most frightening seen in F1 for several years, Collijani added: "Obviously when he watched back the start he realised that it was very close but I don't think there will be any kind of problem whatsoever."
The retirement, Alonso's first since Canada 2011, meant that Sebastian Vettel cut the Spaniard's lead in the title race from 40 points to just 24 after the German finished second in the race to McLaren's Jenson Button.
Collajani says making up for that disappointment is now the priority this weekend.
"We lost significant amount of points in Spa," the Italian added. "I think we had the chance to do a very strong race with Fernando - the podium was really our possibility.
"We will try to recover here."