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2015-02-25 08:05

IN RECOVERY: Fernando Alonso is recovering from his crash at Catalunya in Spain. It’s doubtful he will participate in final F1 testing ahead of the Australian GP. Image: McLaren / Twitter

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BERLIN, Germany - McLaren Fernando Alonso was still in hospital on Tuesday (Feb 24 2015) after his crash in Formula 1 pre-season testing at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona on the Spanish Mediterranean coast.

Alonso's manager Luis Garcia Abad was quoted by ESPN as saying Alonso would remain in hospital to allow for his complete recovery: “It was heavy crash and doctors want to be certain he has recovered.

"I cannot say whether it will be one day, two or three more.”

F1 TESTING

It was still not known whether Alonso would take part in the third and final round of pre-season test which will start on Thursday (Feb 26)

Abad added: "The most important tests at the moment are the tests the doctors are making."

The McLaren driver suffered a concussion in the crash on Sunday (Feb 22) and was helicoptered to hospital for observation.

McLaren said there was "no evidence that indicates that Fernando's car suffered mechanical failure of any kind" and the crash appeared to be caused by "the unpredictably gusty winds at that part of the circuit at that time”.

World champion Lewis Hamilton will meanwhile be at the wheel for Mercedes on Thursday, having recovered from a cold, for the first day of the third test session.

Hamilton will also drive on Saturday (Feb 28), team mate Nico Rosberg will drive on Friday (Feb 27) and Sunday (March 1) at the final pre-season testing before the season begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15.

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