Of course, we've all seen what happened next. I don't mind blocking but when you're driving reacting to the driver in your rear-view mirrors, making desperate efforts putting other drivers in danger, that's not right.
I must say immediately after the crash I wasn't hurt at all. I got out so quickly because as soon as I stopped there was a bit of smoke so I thought I might have been on fire. Luckily, I didn't have to do my best Ricky Bobby impression “I'm on FIRE!” and run around in my underwear with my helmet on. I looked at my car though and thought, “Wow, that was a big one.” Then I happened to see the fence and I was like, “Wow, did I do that?” As soon as my nose went up into the air I couldn't see anything and I felt as though I was flying so I decided to close my eyes.
Honestly, all I wanted to do as soon as I got out of the car was get to Valencia. But of course I'd have to wait. After my quick trip back to the pits in the medical car the first person to ask if I was OK when I got out was Jean Todt. I was a bit surprised because I hadn't seen the crash yet and I was fine, so I didn't know why people in the stands were clapping when they saw me and why everyone was asking if I'm OK. Apparently, it looked pretty spectacular which after a while I realized it was indeed quite a shocking shunt.
I got back to my team and we all discussed the incident, and everyone couldn't really believe what Suranovich was doing. I was then told I had to go to the hospital just to get checked out, which of course I didn't want to do. But I figured I'd better obey the safety guys and the FIA doctor because they knew what they were talking about and I was just a frustrated racing driver. I congratulated my teammates and then had to get into the little safety car with my engineer, and got sped through the streets of Monaco to the hospital.
I happened to have my phone with me, because before getting into the cars we all had to sit on the street for 40 minutes or so waiting to get in the cars so my teammates and I kept our phones to listen to some music while we waited. I had given my phone to my mechanic before I got in the car and when he saw me after the crash, he gave it to me and said my dad probably wants to speak with me! Hah!
When I got hold of my phone it was going berserk. I first texted my mom because I knew she would probably be passed out or crying on a floor back at home the poor woman. Then of course being the social media geek that I am, I made sure to tweet that I was OK.
I tried to get out of the hospital as soon as possible because I felt fine and sure enough the doctors let me go after checking to make sure I could still breathe and all my limbs were still there. On the way back to the paddock I spoke to my dad and my mom who were happy to hear from me. I was getting an unbelievable amount of tweets and started seeing some of the screen shots of the crash and I was like, “Holy crap, is that me!?” I felt extremely lucky to be walking and talking after that. I nearly ended up in the sea!
I must say though that some of the tweets I got were pretty funny, mainly a tweet from (the) fake Charlie Whiting account which said, “Greatly relieved @ConorDaly22's flight landed safely. Wow. Marshals are permitted to expense the laundering of their trousers.”
It was also nice to receive so many messages from people hoping I was alright. Gary Paffett even tweeted me! I was at Brands Hatch the weekend before and saw him win the DTM race, so I thought that was pretty cool and quite kind of him. It was also crazy to think NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski tweeted me with the link to the crash video just saying “Wow...” The video seemed to be reaching a lot of people and it meant a lot to have them hoping I was alright.
After all the action of the day I was able to head out for dinner with my teammates and enjoy a good night in downtown Monaco with friends/competitors. It was a nice night to relax and then get up early for my flight back to England Sunday morning.
Since the weekend I've done interviews with SPEED with Dave Despain, while Top Gear interviewed me and are going to have me in its magazine. Meanwhile, the video of the crash on YouTube has gone over 1.3 million views! I think I should get an Internet high five from YouTube or something.
I've had friends from all over the world say I've made it on the news where they are, which is quite cool, I guess. It's really not what I'd like to be making the news for – crashing – but since there was nothing I could do about it, I'll take the press!
The next couple days after the shunt I must admit I was seriously sore. But after a couple days I got back to some serious training and felt great! All the support I've received as well after the accident has been incredible and I appreciate all of it. I'm really hoping the next blog I write has nothing to do with flying into the sky, hitting a fence and ending up in a smoky, destroyed racecar. I have to thank Dallara for making a very safe car and all the marshals and doctors in Monaco for all their great work. I really enjoyed the Monte Carlo circuit but I'll have to wait until next year to try and find success there, hopefully in GP2 or the World Series by Renault. Now on to Valencia, where I know we will come back strong!