Alonso out of hospital

Published: Wednesday 25th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Fernando Alonso has left hospital but will miss this week’s final pre-season testing following his crash on Sunday, McLaren have announced.

The 33-year-old double world champion hit the wall at turn three of the Circuit de Catalunya and was airlifted to hospital for precautionary checks – despite being conscious.

Alonso, who will race for McLaren this season for the first time since leaving the team in 2007, remained in hospital until Wednesday afternoon and will now sit out the upcoming Barcelona test which starts on Thursday, with test driver Kevin Magnussen sharing testing duties with Alonso’s team-mate Jenson Button.

“Following his testing accident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last Sunday, we are pleased to confirm that Fernando Alonso has now left hospital. He has returned to his family’s home in Spain for further rest and recuperation,” a statement issued by the team read.

“As a result, he will sit out this week’s final winter test, at which he was due to share driving duties with Jenson Button. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren-Honda’s test and reserve driver, will replace him.

“Jenson will be testing the McLaren-Honda car tomorrow (February 26), and the team will confirm the full day-to-day running order in due course.”

Alonso’s absence is another set-back for the Woking-based team – with pre-season testing of their new car and their renewed partnership with Honda, being restricted due to different technical hitches.

Magnussen raced for the team last season before it was decided the Dane would be the man to make way for the returning Alonso, who will be hoping the car can be more competitive than in recent years.

Published: Wednesday 25th February 2015 by The News Editor

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