Fernando Alonso has been airlifted to hospital following a testing crash at the Circuit de Catalunya, but has confirmed to be conscious and speaking.
Alonso crashed into the inside retaining wall between Turns 3 and 4, the same location as Pastor Maldonado’s accident during qualifying for last year’s Spanish Grand Prix.
The Spaniard’s crash, 15 minutes from the lunch break, prompted a red flag and a premature end to the morning session.
Alonso was attended to on the scene and was transferred to the medical centre via ambulance.
From there he was airlifted to hospital to continue with the medical examination.
Spokespersons from both McLaren and the FIA have confirmed that Alonso is “conscious and is speaking.”
“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,” a McLaren statement read.
“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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