FERNANDO Alonso said he is ‘lucky to be alive’ after one of the most dramatic crashes in Formula One history.

The McLaren driver’s 200mph smash occured when he hit the back of Esteban Gutierrez’s car before spinning through the air and slamming into a wall at the Australian Grand Prix.

TERRIFYING: Alonso 'thankful' to be alive
TERRIFYING: Alonso ‘thankful’ to be alive

Astonishingly, the Spaniard crawled out the car’s wreckage before walking away.

“I am lucky to be here and thankful to be here,” said Alonso.

“It was a scary moment and a scary crash. When I stopped, I saw a little space to get out of the car and I went out quickly just to make sure that my mum, who was watching the race on TV at home, could see that I was okay.”

Gutierrez and Alonson were taken to the medical centre but were given the all-clear.

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