Thursday 21 September 2017

Fernando Alonso hospitalised after crash during testing

Medical staff holds sheets around Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren Honda as he is evacuated from the medical centre to the helicopter after crashing during the 2015 Formula One testing in Montmelo, Spain
Medical staff holds sheets around Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren Honda as he is evacuated from the medical centre to the helicopter after crashing during the 2015 Formula One testing in Montmelo, Spain

Fernando Alonso was taken to hospital by helicopter after crashing in his McLaren during Formula One pre-season testing yesterday.

McLaren said in a statement that the two-time world champion “was conscious and spoke with the doctors” after having received first aid at the circuit’s medical centre.

The statement added: “However, as per usual procedure in such circumstances, he was then airlifted to hospital where he is undergoing precautionary checks.”

The Spaniard went off the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit at turn three, and the right-hand side of his car hit the wall.

McLaren switched to Honda engines ahead of the upcoming season but has been plagued by technical problems.

Neither the team nor track officials have reported the cause of the crash.

The 33-year-old Alonso rejoined McLaren this season after a disappointing fifth and final campaign with Ferrari.

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