Alonso released from hospital, will miss test

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Fernando Alonso has been released from hospital following his testing crash but will miss the final test at the Circuit de Catalunya this week.

The Spaniard crashed on Sunday and was hospitalised for three nights following the incident, which resulted in McLaren ending its running at the second test early. Confirming that Alonso has been released from hospital, McLaren says he will return home to recuperate and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen will replace him for the final test this week.

"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."

McLaren said on Monday that its investigations in to the cause of the incident had revealed Alonso crashed due to "unpredictably gusty winds".

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