AUGUST 7, 2000

Alesi's head still spinning

PROST driver Jean Alesi has been suffering the side-effects of his huge accident at Hockenheim, complaining of dizziness, stomach pains and vomiting. The Frenchman was punted off at high speed by Pedro Diniz and hit the Hockenheim barriers at around 180mph and although he was able to climb from his car without injury he spent much of the week feeling unwell and did not take part in the Prost test in Barcelona.

Alex Zanardi suffered no obvious injuries in his accident a few years ago at Spa-Francorchamps but had to miss several races as a result of the crash because he had problems with balance and dizziness.

"There's nothing broken," Alesi said, "but I just don't feel well. I want to have another examination just to make sure. I do intend to drive in Budapest, but I'm not sure whether I'll be capable of it."

Prost ran its test driver Stephane Sarrazin in testing in Barcelona last week in case Alesi is unable to race in Hungary. Alesi is expected to decide whether or not to race either today (Monday) or tomorrow.