Alonso Released From Hospital

(BARCELONA, SPAIN) – McLaren Formula One driver Fernando Alonso waved to the assembled media as he left hospital three days after a crash during Formula One testing. The Spanish driver escaped serious injury but was airlifted to a hospital for precautionary checks after his McLaren hit a wall at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit.

In a statement McLaren said Alonso had now returned to his family’s home in Spain to continue his recuperation. He will now miss the final testing session in Barcelona.

The Formula 1 season gets under way on 15 March in Australia.

Following his testing accident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last Sunday, we are pleased to confirm that Fernando Alonso has now left hospital. He has returned to his family’s home in Spain for further rest and recuperation.

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 [today], and the team will confirm the full day-to-day running order in due course.

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