New McLaren driver Fernando Alonso has been taken to hospital after crashing into a wall during testing in Barcelona, according to BBC Sport.
The two-time World Champion went into the wall on turn three at around 150kph and was airlifted to hospital by helicopter.
Alonso was said to be okay and conscious but was taken to hospital to confirm he hasn’t sustained any serious injuries.
The 33-year-old was only scheduled to race in the morning session with teammate Jenson Button taking over for the afternoon.
The incident happened with just 15 minutes of the morning left.
Alonso 'conscious and speaking'
Both Alonso’s manager and McLaren have tweeted the condition of the Spaniard with both saying he is ‘conscious and speaking’.
It’s not the best start for Alonso on his return to the team he left seven and a half years ago after demanding to be made the number one driver ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
Now both parties have moved on and in unison to their new driver his third World Championship eight long years since his last.
Blow for McLaren
The incident will be a blow for the team as they only managed to complete 79 laps over four days in Jerez early in the month and now Alonso only managed 20 laps.
With less than a month till the opening race in Melbourne, McLaren are not in the best position to know if any tweeks need to be made to the car to make it competitive against Mercedes and Red Bull to challenge for both the constructors and drivers championships.
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