McLaren has confirmed Fernando Alonso will remain in hospital to allow for a full recovery from his accident during the testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The Spaniard was airlifted to hospital after crashing his McLaren-Honda into the inside wall on the exit of turn three during the final day of F1 testing in Barcelona. He was later diagnosed with a concussion after a CT scan.

Spending a night in hospital, though Alonso was admitted to the intensive care unit, it is stressed that this is standard procedure in these instances.

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McLaren says he was also sedated after the accident. As such, he will stay a little longer in hospital to allow it to wear off

"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.

"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."

McLaren also says it will evaluate whether Alonso will return to the cockpit for the final pre-season test at the same circuit later this week.

"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."

Meanwhile, Alonso's manager Luis Garcia Abad sent out a tweet to show the two-time world champion thanking well-wishers.

McLaren has revealed it believes gusty winds were to blame for causing the accident and ruled out any mechanical fault [see separate story].