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Huge crash 'would have killed Alonso in past era'

Former FIA president Max Mosley believes a crash like Fernando Alonso suffered in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix would have killed the driver had it happened in a previous era.

Alonso's McLaren clipped Haas' Esteban Gutierrez at 200mph, crashed into a trackside wall and barrel-rolled twice before the Spaniard crawled out of the wreckage.

Mosley's reign saw a push for increased safety measures, which continues to this day with the planned introduction of the Halo device.

Frenchman Jules Bianchi died from accidents suffered in a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix but this time, Mosley paid tribute to the efforts of his former FIA chief medical officer Sid Watkins.

"I don't think he would have (survived)," Mosley said. "There are still freak accidents, like Jules, but those serious racing accidents, you expect the driver to walk away. That wouldn't have been the case 20 years ago.

"This was thanks to Sid Watkins and a team of people and the teams themselves. It needed to be looked at after Ayrton Senna's death in 1994.

"It's very satisfying to see Alonso walk away. It was quite an impressive crash."

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