FORMULA 1

Fernando Alonso's seat broke

The FIA have started an investigation to find out what caused the Spanish driver's collision during the season's inaugural Grand Prix in Australia.

The car wreckage of McLaren Honda's Fernando Alonso
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With Fernando Alonso still on the mend following his recent crash in Melbourne, more information about the accident is now coming to light. According to the Italian edition of Motorsport, the Spaniard’s seat broke just behind his shoulders and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) have opened an investigation to get to the bottom of the issue.

Each team builds its seats and monocoques to the standards set by the FIA. The Asturian walked away from the McLaren wreckage practically unharmed and has rested up since then in order to be ready for the upcoming Grand Prix in Bahrain.

Alonso’s accident was the first of its kind since the introduction of high-definition cameras in Formula 1 cars, something that will allow the FIA technicians to study what happened in even greater detail.

Should all go to plan, Alonso will be back and raring to go in Persian Gulf, while the chassis continues to be worked on. He smashed into the barrier in Australia at almost 310km/h.