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article imageGrand Prix: Fernando Alonso suffering from headaches

By Layne Weiss     Nov 17, 2013 in Technology
Austin - Fernando Alonso has revealed he's been suffering from persistent headaches and back pain since the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix November 3.
The Ferrari driver damaged his neck and back when he bounced over kerbs in the race, BBC News reports. He finished fifth.
"All week [after the race] I had a big headache because the nerve is compressed and I didn't have enough blood pressure in the head," Alonso said.
He said the problems started about three or four hours after the race.
"After Abu Dhabi I was fine, especially three or four hours after the race I was perfectly fine," Alonso said. "Then I finally passed the anti-doping [test], because I waited four hours to pass it.
"They said: 'We need to check you because we had the alarm of the chassis [indicating an impact of more than 25G],' and when they did a normal test they saw some problem maybe, some lack of sensitivity in my left arm and my left leg.
"Because of that they were a little bit worried and they put in this thing and I went to the hospital for the MRI or I don't know what we did."
He added that the week following Abu Dhabi was very rough. "The nights were very difficult, but slowly the inflammation became normal and I recovered the feelings."
Despite the injury, Alonso raced Saturday in the US Grand Prix in Austin, producing his best qualifying performance for four races. He reiterated that his goal was to help Ferrari take second place in the constructors' championship back from Mercedes. He wants to help bridge the 11-point gap.
Alonso said his injury "wasn't a problem" when he was in the car. He said he suffered from some pain Friday night and Saturday morning, but when he was in the car, all the adrenaline made him "forget everything."
"I am here racing to help the team to get the second in the constructors' championships, Alonso said. "If I finish ahead of both Mercedes here and in Brazil we have a chance to do it. That is the main goal. If it is the podium, it is even better but it is not the end of the world if not."
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