Chinese GP: spare MP4-22 chassis for Alonso 

Written by David on October 03rd, 2007 at 2:39 pmLast Update: October 03rd, 2007 at 2:39 pm

Fernando Alonso Fuji Speedway 2007 crashFernando Alonso will use a different McLaren chassis in China this weekend following his high speed crash during the Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji last Sunday. Not only were the reigning world champion’s hopes of securing a third drivers’ title severely dented at Fuji Speedway, but his Woking-based team confirmed on Tuesday that the MP4-22 he crashed exiting turn five was too damaged to repair in Asia ahead of the penultimate race of 2007.

McLaren said a replacement chassis was dispatched from England to Shanghai on the day of the crash. “A replacement chassis (MP4-22 01) was despatched from the McLaren Technology Centre on Sunday 30th September for China. This chassis will become the spare, with Fernando using the spare chassis from Japan as his race car (MP4-22 03). Fernando‚Äôs damaged car was sent back due to significant damage to the chassis, which is not reparable at the track”, the team confirmed in a statement.

Alonso’s damaged car was sent back to Woking because the ‘significant’ damage was ‘not reparable at the track’, McLaren added. “My retirement in Japan has not made it easy for me in the championship, but there are still 20 points to be won and I am going to fight hard for each one of them,” Alonso commented.

source: GMM

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