Alonso out of hospital; Magnussen to test in Spain


Fernando Alonso has been discharged from the Spanish hospital in which he was staying following his high-speed crash at the Circuit de Catalunya last Sunday, but his McLaren team have confirmed he will not participate in the final test that begins this Thursday.

The Spaniard was airlifted to hospital after crashing heavily exiting the fast turn three corner in his McLaren-Honda, and spent three nights recuperating before being allowed home on Wednesday.

“Following his testing accident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last Sunday, we are pleased to confirm that Fernando Alonso has now left hospital,” said a statement from McLaren.

“He has returned to his family’s home in Spain for further rest and recuperation.”

Jenson Button will take the reigns of the McLaren-Honda MP4/30 on Thursday, while his 2014 team-mate Kevin Magnussen will take over the duties of Alonso.

“He will sit out this week’s final winter test, at which he was due to share driving duties with Jenson Button,” continued the statement. “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.”

Magnussen has dropped down to the role of reserve driver this season to allow Alonso to partner Button. The team have announced they will reveal the full day-to-day running in due course.