Sunday July 15th, 2001
Fernando Alonso finished three laps down in last place at the British Grand Prix today for the Minardi team, the Spanish driver suffering a bizarre incident which forced him to complete a lap around the Silverstone circuit with only three wheels,
Alonso saw his left front wheel roll off into the gravel trap as he entered a curve shortly before his second scheduled pitstop at the British Grand Prix. The 19-year-old continued on three wheels, bringing the car back to the pits and then resuming the race where he lapped at the same pace as before.
"It was quite a big shock," he said after finishing 16th. "Fortunately I was close to the pitlane entrance."
Minardi said in a statement it planned to introduce shortly a revised version of its car with a smaller and lighter gearbox as well as a new aerodynamic package. The Italian team have scored one point in the last five years and none since 1999.
Published at 19:36:13 GMT