Alonso could miss final test

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McLaren says it is unsure whether Fernando Alonso will be able to drive during the final pre-season test this week.

Alonso crashed during the final day of the second test at the Circuit de Catalunya, having to be airlifted to hospital for CT and MRI scans having been diagnosed with concussion. While he is set to be kept in hospital until Tuesday McLaren says it will give Alonso as much recovery time as he needs, with the final test set to get underway at the Barcelona circuit on Thursday.

"We are pleased to confirm that, having been involved in an on-track incident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (Spain) on February 22nd, Fernando Alonso is making a solid recovery in hospital, and is chatting to family, friends and hospital staff," a McLaren statement read.

"From the scene of the incident he was driven to the circuit’s medical centre, where he was given first aid and, as per normal procedures, was sedated in preparation for an air-lift to hospital.

"In hospital a thorough and complete analysis of his condition was performed, involving CT scans and MRI scans, all of which were completely normal.

"In order to provide the privacy and tranquillity required to facilitate a peaceful recuperation, he is being kept in hospital for further observation, and to recover from the effects of the medication that successfully managed his routine sedation yesterday.

"We intend to give him every opportunity to make a rapid and complete recovery, and will evaluate in due course whether or not he will participate in the next Barcelona test."

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