Fernando Alonso sits in his car before taking to the track for practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

sits in his car before taking to the track for practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso says he suffered with headaches in the days after his off-track incident in Abu Dhabi – but he no longer has a problem and is not in pain in the car.

Alonso went to hospital for a checkup after the Abu Dhabi race, before being allowed to fly home. He has avoided media commitments all weekend in order to rest.

“After Abu Dhabi I was fine, especially three or four hours after the race I was fine,” he explained. “Then I finally passed the anti-doping, because I waited four hours to pass it. They said we need to check you because we had the alarm of the chassis, and when they did a normal control they saw some problem maybe, some lack of [sensitivity] in my left arm and my left leg, and 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.

“And after that all week I had a big headache, because the nerve I think is compressed, and I didn’t have enough blood pressure in the head. I was often in a lot of headache, and the nights were very difficult. Slowly the inflammation was coming normal, and I recovered the feelings.”

Alonso said he wasn’t having any issues in the car this weekend.

“A little bit of pain yesterday night, and this morning when I woke up, but driving with all the adrenaline and warm-up is good, so maybe tonight again still some pain. But in the race when you are in the car, you forget everything.”

Meanwhile he was happy to qualify as high as sixth today after what looked to be a tricky weekend for Ferrari.

“I think the car was working better in qualifying. We keep struggling in the first sessions in the early morning with the cold track, we are not making the tire work mainly, we’re struggling to put temperature in the tire. In the afternoons yesterday and today, the things improved a little bit.

“It was very windy this afternoon, and it was time also to interpret a little bit also the wind direction and drive differently corner-by-corner depending on the wind intensity. It was a tricky qualifying and maybe we had a good one, but obviously this doesn’t mask the problem of the weekend, which has been not enough pace.”

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