Concussed Alonso to remain in hospital overnight

By on Sunday, February 22, 2015
McLaren Honda

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McLaren says that Fernando Alonso will remain in hospital overnight for observations, having suffered a concussion during a pre-season testing accident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Sunday.

Alonso hit the wall on the inside of Turn 3 and was transferred to the circuit Medical Centre before being airlifted to a nearby hospital.

"Fernando’s accident was just one of those things that happens in testing," said McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier.

"Fortunately, he’s fine, but was concussed during the accident, which therefore required an overnight stay in hospital as a precaution. That’s normal practice after a concussion. Inevitably, some media reports have sought to exaggerate the severity of the incident – it was just a normal testing accident.

"While the car wasn’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.

"It’s been a tough week for the whole team, but we’ll be back, and pushing harder than ever, in Barcelona next week."

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