Olivier Panis added to the list of hospital visitors when he followed Sauber's Felipe Massa to the local medical facility in Barcelona after a heavy crash in testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The Frenchman was admitted to the hospital for checks after complaining of headaches and vision problems after crashing backwards into the tyre barrier at turn three of the Spanish venue. Although, like Massa, Panis was able to climb out of his wrecked car unaided, the circuit's medical team decided that further checks would be a sensible precaution.

"He's walking and talking fine, but he's been taken to a nearby hospital for precautionary tests," a spokesman for the Toyota F1 team said.

Massa suffered a 180mph shunt at the end of the main straight on Wednesday, and was airlifted to hospital after the medical team decided that he may be suffering from a concussion. The Brazilian, who denies fainting after climbing from his car, has since been discharged from care and is making his way back to his Swiss home.

Toyota has yet to determine a cause for Panis' shunt, but allowed team-mate Cristiano da Matta to continue testing in the team's other car.

 

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