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F1: McLaren's Fernando Alonso airlifted to hospital after crash

Barcelona: Two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso brought the morning session on the final day of the second pre-season test in Barcelona to a premature end when he crashed the McLaren-Honda MP4-30.

Fernando Alonso is transferred from the medical centre to the helicopter after crashing at Circuit de Catalunya. Pic/Getty Images
Fernando Alonso is transferred from the medical centre to the helicopter after crashing at Circuit de Catalunya. Pic/Getty Images  

The Spaniard had managed just 20 laps on another troubled morning for the struggling giants, who lag well behind every other team on the grid in terms of mileage with the start of the season less than a month away.

Alonso received medical attention at the circuit and was then airlifted to hospital.

"Fernando Alonso's McLaren-Honda car left the track at turn three, causing the right-hand side of his car to strike the wall," McLaren said in a statement.

"Fernando was driven to the circuit's medical centre where he was conscious and spoke with the doctors."

Rookie Carlos Sainz Junior was fastest in the Toro Rosso in a time of 1min 25.604.

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