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Fernando Alonso: “I didn’t sleep well and my ribs hurt”

The Spanish driver was spotted walking around St. Kilda Beach by Swiss journalist Roger Benoit and admitted to being in some pain following Sunday’s crash.

Roger Benoit alongside Fernando Alonso

St. Kilda Beach is a must-see sight for anyone visiting Melbourne. The bohemian atmosphere and old world feel make this relaxing coastal neighbourhood a hugely popular destination for beach goers in the Australian city. Tourists can be seen strolling up and down the promenade every day of the year. Nonetheless, the legendary Swiss journalist Roger Benoit, who was sent to report on the first Grand Prix of the season by Blick, was taken aback when he spotted the man who was splashed across all the Aussie front pages this morning among the foreigners taking in the soothing sea air.

Benoit, who has been covering Formula One for 44 years, bumped into none other than Fernando Alonso. The Spanish two-time world champion was on his feet just hours after his terrifying accident at Albert Park and the journalist, a former photographer, took the opportunity to approach him. “I didn’t sleep well and my ribs hurt”, the McLaren Honda driver stated with a strapped up right knee. Following the initial shock and although he has suffered some minor physical damage, the important thing is that Alonso is in one piece and ready for next week’s test in Bahrain.