Huge Alonso crash causes Australian GP to be stopped

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A huge crash for Fernando Alonso has caused the Australian Grand Prix to be stopped.

Alonso was attacking Esteban Gutierrez and using DRS approaching the braking point for Turn 3 when the McLaren clipped the rear of the Haas, breaking its front right suspension. Alonso was then a passenger as his car hit the outside wall at high speed, dug in to the gravel trap and was sent somersaulting in to the barrier.

Amazingly, Alonso climbed out of the car and appeared to only be shaken by the incident but without injury. Gutierrez's car was less heavily damaged and he too was uninjured.

The incident occurred with Gutierrez having yet to pit but Alonso on new soft tyres.

The race was immediately brought under control under the safety car and then red flagged with huge debris in the area requiring clearing up. Sebastian Vettel was leading from Nico Rosberg at the time of the stoppage, which lasted for 20 minutes.

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