Spectacular Alonso crash proves worth of halo

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       Fernando Alonso crashed out on the opening lap of the Belgian GP

1:43 Fernando Alonso crashed out on the opening lap of the Belgian GP

Fernando Alonso's Belgian Grand Prix ended in a terrifying crash similar to the incident at the same circuit which cost him the 2012 world championship.

Nobody was hurt in the incident triggered by the Renault driven by German Nico Hulkenberg, who locked his brakes and rammed the rear of Alonso's auto into the first corner, but it could have been much more serious.

Alonso also praised the halo head protection device for doing its job, with images showing tyre marks from Alonso's vehicle on Leclerc's halo.

"Obviously it was bad", Alonso said.

"I saw Hulkenberg in the mirrors with all four tyres locked and he was coming at a very high speed", Alonso said after the early retirement from the race. At the start of the 2012 edition, Romain Grosjean - then driving for Lotus - misjudged the braking zone and was pitched into an nearly identical crash over the top of Alonso's vehicle.

"Yet again a very big-time missed braking point", Alonso told the BBC.

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"It's a good proof".

"It's good news that all three of us are ok".

His McLaren flew over the top of Charles Leclerc's Sauber, forcing the pair to retire, as well Hulkenberg who seemingly missed his braking point and carried far too much speed into the corner.

Leclerc himself spoke less about the impact of the Halo, but says he was pleased to have the added protection in the incident.

"Our pace was strong and I was in a good place before getting hit from behind".

Alonso and Hulkenberg have both been called to the stewards over the incident.

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