McLaren driver in intensive care as a precaution.
Fernando Alonso crashed during testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on Sunday afternoon, after hitting the wall of one of the most gruelling corners in Formula 1, between turns three and four, in which he fortunately evaded serious harm.
The 33-year-old is suffering from concussion, but sources insist that there is no reason for major concern, with the two-time world champion’s extended stay in intensive care purely a precaution.
“Fernando’s accident was just one of those things that happens in testing,” Eric Boullier, McLaren racing director, told BBC Sport.
“Fortunately, he’s fine, but was concussed during the accident, which therefore required an overnight stay.
“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.”