SPANISH Formula 1 double world champion Fernando Alonso admitted that he has 'slept badly' and 'his ribs hurt' following a dramatic crash which he survived by a miracle.
The Asturias-born McLaren driver was flung against a wall at speed after spinning full circle twice at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday.
His car was completely shredded with barely a single part intact, but Alonso walked away from the wreckage, only limping slightly and with no injuries beyond a few minor bruises.
Despite still being in pain, which means he is not getting a good night's sleep at the moment, Alonso was still pictured with a smile on his face and taking his incredible luck in good humour.
He uploaded a photo onto his Instagram site (pictured above left), showing him reading a copy of the Australian daily newspaper The Herald Sun, which features a front-and-back-cover double-page spread, occupied entirely by a picture of his shredded car and the headline in huge letters, 'Luckiest man alive'.
“I think they mean me,” Alonso joked in his caption comment.
He has also been snapped on the seafront in the southern suburb of Melbourne, St Kilda, with Swiss reporter from the newspaper Blick, Roger Benoît.
“BLICK meets Alonso the day after exklusive [sic] at St Kilda beach in Melbourne. Watch his right leg...” says Benoît on his Twitter site (pictured right).
Investigations have so far revealed it was Mexican team Haas driver Esteban Gutiérrez who was at fault for the accident, even though it was Alonso whose offside front tyre brushed against the back of the latter's car, causing the double 360º spin.
Gutiérrez was unharmed and, after immediately radioing the paddock to assure them he was not injured, went to Alonso's aid.