Fernando Alonso crashes during test, air-lifted to hospital

On Sunday, Fernando Alonso crashed his McLaren Honda into a wall during final day of second pre season test held in Barcelona. He was uninjured but was advised to stay in hospital overnight.

Fernando Alonso before crash
Fernando Alonso before the crash. Image – Mclaren F1 on Facebook

During fourth day of second official pre season test session, two time world champion, Fernando Alonso skidded off the Catalunya track in Barcelona at Turn 3 and crashed his McLaren Honda into a wall. Alonso was completing his 21st lap of the day in the MP-4-30 when the accident occurred. Onlookers state that speed was just at 150 kmph and relatively slow at the time of the crash while Alonso suddenly speared off the circuit and into the trackside wall. Though the F1 champion was unhurt, he was airlifted by helicopter to a nearby hospital.

Though Alonso was uninjured, he underwent CT and MRI scans and some tests at the hospital. He was conscious and spoke to the doctors while he was kept in hospital overnight for observation just as a precaution. No reasons were given for the crash which was put down to ‘just one of those things that happens while on the track’ by McLaren-Honda racing director Eric Boullier. The car however, was badly damaged and will require repairs to gearbox and power unit system.

While Alonso was lucky with no injuries the same could not be said about NASCAR driver Kyle Busch who suffered a compound fracture on his right leg and broken left foot following a collision with the inside wall while participating in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway.