Date Sunday February 22 2015
Driver Fernando Alonso
Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km)
Best lap-time 1m27.956s
Given the running issues that affected us throughout the first three days, the decision was taken last night to split seat-time for the final day of the programme. The aim was for Fernando to run in the morning, with Jenson taking over after lunch in order to more fully acquaint himself with MP4-30.
Unfortunately, we were unable to complete the day’s programme after Fernando suffered an accident at Turn Three just before lunchtime. Although conscious, and able to speak with the circuit’s medical team, he was flown to a nearby hospital, where he was given CT and MRI scans as precautionary measures. He was uninjured, but will remain in hospital overnight.
Given the lack of remaining track time, and the lengthy and thorough procedures needed to check the car and power-unit after such an impact, the team decided that it was not worth hurrying the rebuilding of the car in order to resume testing before close of play.
We now turn our attention to next week’s final pre-season test in Barcelona.
McLaren-Honda racing director
“Fernando’s accident was just one of those things that happens in testing. Fortunately, he’s fine, but was concussed during the accident, which therefore required an overnight stay in hospital as a precaution. That’s normal practice after a concussion. Inevitably, some media reports have sought to exaggerate the severity of the incident – it was just a normal testing accident.
“While the car wasn’t particularly badly damaged, it was enough of an impact to warrant quite a lengthy check of the gearbox and power unit systems. Given the time needed to carry out such an analysis, we decided to bring the curtain down on our test a few hours earlier than anticipated.
“It’s been a tough week for the whole team, but we’ll be back, and pushing harder than ever, in Barcelona next week.”
Today’s unofficial testing times
1 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1m24.067s - 111
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.321s 0.254s 129
3 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1m24.941s 0.874s 102
4 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1m24.956s 0.889s 73
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m25.345s 1.278s 127
6 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso 1m25.604s 1.537s 88
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m26.312s 2.245s 74
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1m26.591s 2.524s 36
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m27.956s 3.889s 20 laps
What’s next The final test of the winter, which also takes place in Barcelona, and kicks off next Thursday (February 26).
Test dates Four days (February 19-22).