Fernando Alonso thinks it is impossible for Formula 1 drivers to cut out risk away from the racetrack, as he expressed relief that friend Robert Kubica was recovering well from his recent rally crash.
The Spaniard was the first driver to visit Kubica in hospital following the accident the Pole had on the Ronde di Andora rally earlier this month. And, after admitting that he feared the worst in the immediate aftermath of the crash, Alonso says that drivers always face dangers away from the track.
"We need to have something to get some adrenaline out of our system and rallying is good training from an F1 driver's point of view," Alonso told CNN International. "I train on a bicycle every day, and a couple of weeks ago a friend and myself were out riding and a truck cut in front us. A few meters nearer and we would have crashed into it. You cannot cut out risk."
Speaking about his first reaction to Kubica's crash, Alonso said: "It was not so clear he was going to survive. I tried to drive to the hospital to find out exactly what his injuries were. Now he is recovering well and we hope to see him back very soon in F1."