Alonso: Test crash was just a 'small kiss'
28 November 2017 – Fernando Alonso described his off during tyre testing at the Yas Marina Circuit as a "small kiss" as he conducted running for McLaren on Tuesday.
Alonso went off at the left-hander beneath the Viceroy Hotel at Turn 19 and caused damage to the right-front of his MCL32, bringing out the red flags.
McLaren was able to repair the damage to his car as he wound up sixth overall, completing 115 laps of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix venue.
"It's been very useful for us to have a read on the 2018 tyres," he said.
"They felt good, I felt the performance was there and the degradation was under control, so generally I had a good feeling.
"I had a small kiss with the wall this morning and we lost some track time, but the mechanics did an amazing job to fix the car so we could go out again before lunch."
McLaren, meanwhile, ran a second MCL32 for development driver Oliver Turvey, in order to make up for its two-day test in Brazil, which was cancelled amid security concerns.
Turvey finished at the foot of the times, with his run plan having been determined by Pirelli, as per the planned aborted Brazil session.
"This opportunity came up quite last-minute, but it was a nice surprise to be able to come to Abu Dhabi for the test," said Turvey, who completed 105 laps.
"It's been good to have another opportunity to drive the MCL32 and work with Pirelli on tyre development, and to really get a good feeling for the car.
"Today has been very beneficial because I've driven on this track previously with McLaren, so it's been useful to do long runs, get used to the car's handling and find a rhythm."
Stoffel Vandoorne will take over from Alonso on Wednesday, while 2018 reserve driver Lando Norris will pilot the sister car.