Alonso battled headaches, back pain
17 November 2013 – Fernando Alonso says he has battled headaches and persistent back pain since his Abu Dhabi incident, but does not expect to be affected in the United States Grand Prix.
The Ferrari driver, who lines up sixth for this afternoon's race, was taken to hospital following the Yas Marina event, during which he experienced a massive 25 G impact after being forced over the run-off area by Toro Rosso rival Jean-Éric Vergne.
Although he is still in discomfort, highlighted by the heavy strapping on his back, Alonso says he is largely unaware of the issue when adrenalin is running high.
"My back is not a problem," Alonso explained after qualifying. "After Abu Dhabi I was fine for three or four hours after the race, but when I did the medical check they found some lack of sensitivity in my left arm and leg and they were a little bit worried.
"I had a lot of headaches afterwards, because a nerve was compressed and there was not enough blood pressure in my head. The following nights were very difficult but slowly the inflammation came down. When you are in the car you forget about it."
Despite Ferrari's below-par qualifying result, with outgoing team-mate Felipe Massa failing to make the cut for Q3, Alonso is confident of a stronger race performance.
"Starting from sixth we will have to survive the start and the first corner. Then I think we can fight," Alonso added. "I've had more impossible podiums than this in the past, but I don't think it's fair to think of the podium because we are starting in sixth position."