Alonso could miss final Barcelona test

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McLaren says Fernando Alonso could miss the final pre-season test in Barcelona this week.

Alonso crashed at Turn 3 on the final day of the first test at the Circuit de Catalunya, and was airlifted to hospital as a precaution.

McLaren confirmed on Monday that the Spaniard is making a good recovery, but says he might be forced to sit out the final test ahead of the 2015 season opener in Australia.

“We are pleased to confirm that, having been involved in an on-track incident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (Spain) on February 22nd, Fernando Alonso is making a solid recovery in hospital, and is chatting to family, friends and hospital staff,” a McLaren statement read.

“From the scene of the incident he was driven to the circuit’s medical centre, where he was given first aid and, as per normal procedures, was sedated in preparation for an air-lift to hospital.

“In hospital a thorough and complete analysis of his condition was performed, involving CT scans and MRI scans, all of which were completely normal.

“In order to provide the privacy and tranquillity required to facilitate a peaceful recuperation, he is being kept in hospital for further observation, and to recover from the effects of the medication that successfully managed his routine sedation yesterday.

“We intend to give him every opportunity to make a rapid and complete recovery, and will evaluate in due course whether or not he will participate in the next Barcelona test.”

The final four-day pre-season test kicks off this Thursday at the Circuit de Catalunya.

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of McLaren

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