Alonso airlifted to hospital after Barcelona test crash

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Spanish Formula One ace taken for medical checks after accident in new McLaren-Honda.

Fernando Alonso has been taken by helicopter to Hospital General de Catalunya in Sant Cugat after his high-speed testing crash on the final day in Barcelona.

Alonso crashed his McLaren-Honda on the exit of Turn 3, and came to rest near the wall on the approach to Turn 4. Photos of the crash happening show him running across the grass on the inside of the circuit, with the front wing disintegrating as he presumably clips the wall.

The medical team at the scene reported he was “OK and conscious”, but was seen to be lying down next to the side of his car.

Although his car was returned to the pits without any signs of major damage, and photos suggest the car was only missing its front wing and some right-rear wheel damage, he was immediately transported from the scene to the medical centre by ambulance.

He has now been airlifted to hospital for further medical checks.

McLaren statement

Today at 12:35 CET, while testing at the Circuit de Catalunya (Barcelona), during the fourth and final day of the current test, Fernando Alonso's McLaren-Honda car left the track at Turn Three, causing the right-hand side of his car to strike the wall.

Fernando was driven to the circuit's Medical Centre where the circuit's doctors gave him first aid.

He was conscious and spoke with the doctors.

However, as per usual procedure in such circumstances, he was then airlifted to hospital where he is undergoing precautionary checks.

We will issue a further update in due course.

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Series Formula 1
Event Barcelona February testing
Track Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Drivers Fernando Alonso
Article type Breaking news
Tags alonso crash, barcelona, f1 testing