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Alonso on the mend as Villeneuve slams "crazy driving" 08 Apr 2003

Wreckage from the car of Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R23.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race Day, Interlagos, Brazil, 6 April 2003

Fernando Alonso has been released from hospital following his huge accident at this weekend's Brazilian grand prix. The 21 year old Spaniard was stretchered away from the Interlagos circuit after his Renault slammed into debris left by Mark Webber's Jaguar which had itself been involved in an accident just a few seconds before Alonso arrived on the scene. Alonso's Renault carried on into the barriers before spinning wildly back across the track and into a wall.

Pat Symonds, Renault's executive director of engineering was confident Alonso would be fit for the San Marino grand prix in two weeks time, for which the Spaniard will have to undergo checks to ensure he has recovered fully from what was a huge accident. "He was kept in (hospital) for twelve hours for observations but there was nothing broken and there were no lacerations," said Symonds. "The car survived very well considering it was hit from all directions. There was massive damage to the chassis but it did its job and that is what is important."

Alonso however will receive little sympathy from 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, who has slammed his fellow drivers for racing recklessly in the wet conditions of the Brazilian grand prix. Earlier in the race Alonso had been given a drive through penalty for overtaking under yellow flags. The accident which ended his race also came under yellow flags.

"There wasn't that much water really," said Villeneuve. "It's down to the drivers to be less crazy in those conditions, and there was some crazy driving out there. Some drivers were overtaking under the yellow flags. Halfway through the race I saw Alonso overtake under the flags. I think that's the kind of driving that leads to big accidents."

"We saw the same thing in the pitstops with drivers chopping across the field on the exit then having to lift halfway down the straight to stop them going off onto the grass. It's that sort of thing that creates the danger not just the conditions themselves."