Fernando Alonso crashed his McLaren-Honda MP4-30 during Formula 1 testing in Barcelona overnight. He was taken to the on-course medical centre and where he conscious and speaking to doctors.
He was airlifted to hospital for precautionary scans and despite suffering no serious injury he remained in care overnight.
“Fernando’s accident was just one of those things that happens in testing,” said Eric Boullier, McLaren Racing director. “Fortunately, he’s fine, but was concussed during the accident, which therefore required an overnight stay in hospital as a precaution. Thatâ€™s normal practice after a concussion.
“Inevitably, some media reports have sought to exaggerate the severity of the incidentâ€”it was just a normal testing accident.”
Statements from McLaren can be read below.
Statement from McLaren-Honda
Posted on Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 14:06 (GMT)
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.
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.
Report: Barcelona Test Day Four
Posted on Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 19:00 (GMT)
Date: Sunday February 22 2015
Driver: Fernando Alonso
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km)
Best laptime: 1m27.956s
Given the running issues that affected us throughout the first three days, the decision was taken last night to split seat-time for the final day of the programme. The aim was for Fernando to run in the morning, with Jenson taking over after lunch in order to more fully acquaint himself with MP4-30.
Unfortunately, we were unable to complete the dayâ€™s programme after Fernando suffered an accident at Turn Three just before lunchtime. Although conscious, and able to speak with the circuitâ€™s medical team, he was flown to a nearby hospital, where he was given CT and MRI scans as precautionary measures. He was uninjured, but will remain in hospital overnight.
Given the lack of remaining track time, and the lengthy and thorough procedures needed to check the car and power-unit after such an impact, the team decided that it was not worth hurrying the rebuilding of the car in order to resume testing before close of play.
We now turn our attention to next weekâ€™s final pre-season test in Barcelona.
ERIC BOULLIER â€“ Racing director, McLaren-Honda
â€œFernandoâ€™s accident was just one of those things that happens in testing. Fortunately, heâ€™s fine, but was concussed during the accident, which therefore required an overnight stay in hospital as a precaution. Thatâ€™s normal practice after a concussion. Inevitably, some media reports have sought to exaggerate the severity of the incident â€“ it was just a normal testing accident.
â€œWhile the car wasnâ€™t particularly badly damaged, it was enough of an impact to warrant quite a lengthy check of the gearbox and power unit systems. Given the time needed to carry out such an analysis, we decided to bring the curtain down on our test a few hours earlier than anticipated.
â€œItâ€™s been a tough week for the whole team, but weâ€™ll be back, and pushing harder than ever, in Barcelona next week.â€
The final test of the winter, which also takes place in Barcelona, and kicks off next Thursday (February 26).