Alonso and Gutierrez unhurt in accident

The 2016 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix was suspended by a red flag signal after 18 laps on Sunday following a spectacular collision.

The race is expected to be re-started at 1455 after debris is cleared from the Albert Park Circuit after a crash at Turn Three involving two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso of McLaren Honda and Mexican Esteban Gutierrez of the new Haas team.

It is the first time an Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne has been suspended by a red flag.

In the accident, Alonso moved to pass Gutierrez and his front right wheel clipped the left rear wheel of the Mexican’s machine.

The McLaren Honda car smashed into the barriers and then flew back across the track, rolling upside down at high speed before crashing and bouncing across a gravel trap to land against the wall.

Both drivers were unhurt and Alonso was able to walk away and wave to the crowd.

Replays showed that Alonso’s car was wrecked in the accident with all four wheels smashed off. 

The Race Director announced that the race was scheduled to re-start at 1655, exactly 20 minutes after the red flag intervention. 

It was confirmed that the incident will be investigated by the race stewards after the race.  

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