Wow, this is really serious for teflonso. This whole story is a pile of crap. I’ve raced dangerous machines all my life and know alot about head injury. He did not suffer enough of a thump to warrant all this. He’s got a serious problem, but its not what we are being told. I fear its more serious. It could be the end for him racing, at least for a while. We will know in 3 weeks.
Wow, didn’t see that one coming! And so soon to announce it, would have expected them to at least wait another 3-4 days before making the call (and have Magnussen already prepare himself in the background).
I would not be surprised if this was driven by Alonso’s personal accident or Mclaren’s key person insurers, on what must be a high value policy/ies. A second concussion with a month could have potentially very serious consequences. For Alonso’s long term health, this is a very sensible decision. It would be good to see the rugby authorities taking an equally stringent approach.
Given the recent events in F1 and also the ongoing comments in American football and rugby about concussions this seems eminently sensible and sadly it seems as though he is not going to miss much at this stage of the new McLaren Honda anyway!!
There are plenty of websites which will offer you a detailed analysis of what this will potentially mean for Denmark, what the words “will drive” really mean in depth, and define concussion in all its forms. I’m also sure that if there’s more to read into this we’ll hear about it in due course from Joe, if not we should take it at face value. Why do you need 1000 words when 16 will do?
After the unusually long hospital stay and some strange press releases from the team, I thought this may end up being the case.
I wonder if Alonso is disappointed with the car and is thinking of getting out of it. I suspect if McLarens have a poor race in Australia, he may miss more races. He drove for Renault when it was not competitive, so maybe I’m wrong, but with a lot of talk of sabbatical prior to landing McLaren drive maybe he will bail.
That would be the concussion that his DOCTORS said did not show on his neurological exams but was suspected given two head impacts and loss of consciousness. Given both Schumacher and Bianchi are suffering TBI’s (Schumacher from a much slower and ‘milder’ ski impact comparitively) is it any wonder they (and the insurance men!) are being ultra cautious with advising Alonso against the high risk endeavour until his brain has time to heal any less aspected concussion micro damage? It’s not brain surgery – well, not exactly…
Nail/Hammer/Hit etc etc….right on the mark AuraF1! The Bianchi accident outcome is probably not so much in mind of Drs & Insurers than the Schuey one, although that was obviously at much lower speed. Having said that it was a bang on a hard object by a helmeted head. I’m sure that any Dr or Insurer would think of this is connection with allowing Ferdy back to race in 2 weeks, and think…ermm, no not really a great idea right now….let’s just wait a little while to make sure! Logic really and protecting the driver against his natural instincts!
I am astonished at the wild conspiracy theories. What is the “truth” that is not being told? Mclaren and Alonso are not hiding anything. Sure, his car was intact but the lateral forces were severe. He banged his head a few times and lost consciousness. His doctors have recommended him to avoid racing for a few weeks. Alonso is absolutely doing the right thing to delay his return. Have we forgotten Michael and Jules? Further, he is one of the highest paid drivers out there. The insurance companies will have bullet proof policies. I would have him be 100% fit before his return.
read the reaction of Boullier just after the accident .. front suspension damaged, rear suspension damaged, change box move and damaged and battery box move in the car ..
this is a reality, the car was damaged, it is not so evident than from a frontal choc but it is ..
Good news for Mark Blundell I guess. I wonder how long it will take McLaren to build the wider car? Hopefully they will have it ready in time for San Marino. In other news – what do you make of the Ligier conspiracy? Is it really a Benetton just with different sponsorship? I thought you had to build and design your own car.
Fernando is absolutely driven to win the drivers championship. As is Ron, as is Mclaren. There will be huge disappointment all round. And for us we are robbed of Alonso vs Button in the first Grand Prix.
However, ‘second impact syndrome’ is a common sense medical approach.
No conspiracy, no secrets and no lies. Just a common sense precaution.
Some of you folks may recall Ralf Schumacher being advised against racing after a heavy concussion (not his first either) at, I think, Indianapolis, on the basis that he was fine, but should he have another similar accident within a few weeks he could suffer irreparable brain damage.
Surely this is a similar case?
Remember the state Nelson Piquet was in in 1987 after his enormous impact with the Tamburello wall. He says now he was not right for the rest of that year.
Likewise, Martin Brundle tells of how he got back in the Tyrrell after his head-banging Monaco shunt and then asked Ken which way the track went out of the pits, at which point he was sensibly hoicked out of the car.
Do we want to go back to those days, or do we want our drivers fit and well and able to fight and push hard for the rest of the year? I’d be inclined to accept the medical advice thank you.
If anyone has any doubts, though, I’m sure if you visit the medical centre in Melbourne, they’ll issue some tin-foil hats…
I was in the stands above where Ralf hit at Indy. It was sickening, I mean, I thought he was dead, it was a hard hit – race noise was so loud you couldn’t hear it, but you almost felt it. If FA hit that hard, wow, he should rest. I don’t recall Ralf being the same on the track after that, which was a good decision by him re survival.
Yes, plenty more conspiracy theories abounding, but perhaps it’s just medically and financially wise not to put FA at risk of a further serious head impact just yet, particularly as the car may not each the chequered flag in Melbourne anyway. Maybe he will grace the grid come Malaysia. I hope so.
McLaren’s new PR guy (he must be new, surely?) must wish Ron Dennis would shut up.
RD/McLaren- Nope, Alonso was never unconscious the whole incident
RD-McLaren- Alonso was sedated because he might have been unconscious
RD-McLaren- Alonso was unconscious but will definitely race in Melbourne
RD/McLaren- Alonso won’t race in Melbourne
To me it’s no big deal, missing the first race in a McLaren-Honda this year is probably a blessing but the useless PR from McLaren has been, err, useless.
I think the risk and consequences of a ‘first race of the season’ accident was too high.Besides the chances of the new car seeing the chequered flag never mind the podium is virtually nil, and was probably the deciding factor. We don’t need another Bianchi situation in 2015.
Hey Joe! Shame I missed the AMA, but I really appreciate you doing it. I don’t comment too frequently, but have a great season, great travels, and although the sport has a long way to go in many respects, let’s focus on the positive aspects of this racing season!
13 words, 2 facts and no need for all the salacious rumour mongering and (even worse in my eyes) the drooling slobbering reporting of other people’s rumours followed by the conspiratorial equivalent of popular science click-bait “10 reasons why Alonso was cheated by McLaren – you won’t believe what you read!!!!” Well, of course we won’t because it’s all crap and designed solely to create advertising revenue.
Concussion effects are not related to speed. In the rugby 6 nations championship in Europe, both England fullback Mike Brown and Wales winger George North suffered concussion at moderate “running” speed – up to 25kph..
North’s medical treatment drew criticism as he continued to play on, but Brown is being treated conservatively by England and he is still not fit 3 weeks after his injury, although he was carried off the pitch on a stretcher but watched the remainder of the game from the stands and seemed “lucid” to the casual viewer.
It’s worth remembering that F1 drivers are highly conditioned athletes, who undergo specialised training in order to withstand forces of up to 4G on their heads and necks – and that’s just the force experienced during “normal” cornering, acceleration, deceleration etc.. That force alone, without any impact, would probably be enough to induce concussion in the “I drove a Ford Cortina at 90mph once, don’t know what all the fuss is about” brigade. Alonso’s impact has been estimated at 30G…