F1: Alonso leaves hospital but will miss final test

Fernando Alonso¬†has left hospital following treatment for concussion but will sit out of this week’s final pre-season test as he continues to recuperate.

Alonso spent three nights in the Hospital General de Catalunya following an unusual but nasty accident at the Circuit de Catalunya during testing on Sunday. He has now returned to his family’s home in Oviedo and will be replaced by Kevin Magnussen at this week’s test.

“Following his testing accident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last Sunday, we are pleased to confirm that Fernando Alonso has now left hospital,” a team statement said. “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 tomorrow (February 26), and the team will confirm the full day-to-day running order in due course.”

Earlier this week McLaren published the results of its investigation into the crash, revealing Alonso’s car was caught by a gust of wind in the fast right-hand Turn 3, causing him to run wide and lose control of the car. He then made heavy contact with the inside wall before making a further impacts with the wall before his car came to a halt ahead of Turn 4.

According to reports, the FIA will investigate the incident in attempt to learn from the accident.

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