Magnussen to substitute for Alonso at final test

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Kevin Magnussen will replace the recovering Fernando Alonso for the final pre-season test in Barcelona.

Alonso crashed at Turn 3 on the final day of the first test at the Circuit de Catalunya and was forced to spend three nights in hospital under observation before he was discharged on Wednesday.

McLaren has confirmed that the Spaniard will return to his family home to recuperate, with Magnussen, who lost his race drive to the 34-year-old at the end of last season, set to substitute.

Magnussen will share testing duties with Jenson Button, who will drive the Honda-powered MP4-30 on the opening day of the test on Thursday.

“Following his testing accident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last Sunday, we are pleased to confirm that Fernando Alonso has now left hospital,” a McLaren statement 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.”

The final pre-season test will get underway on the Thursday.

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

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