Fernando Alonso airlifted to hospital during testing in Barcelona

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McLaren has confirmed that Fernando Alonso is “uninjured and fine” following an accident during F1 pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today.

The Spaniard crashed in his McLaren MP4-30 between turns three and four on the circuit towards the end of the afternoon session on Sunday, requiring medical attention.

Spokespersons from the FIA and McLaren confirmed that Alonso was conscious and talking, but was then airlifted to a nearby hospital for medical checks.

“Today at 12:35 CET, while testing at the Circuit de Catalunya (Barcelona), during the fourth and final day of the current test, Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda car left the track at turn three, causing the right-hand side of his car to strike the wall,” a statement from the the team read.

“Fernando was driven to the circuit’s Medical Centre where the circuit’s doctors gave him first aid. ‘He was conscious and spoke with the doctors.

“However, as per usual procedure in such circumstances, he was then airlifted to hospital where he is undergoing precautionary checks. We will issue a further update in due course.”

The team confirmed one hour later that Alonso was “uninjured and fine” following a CT scan at the local hospital.

The Spaniard had completed 20 laps in the morning session for the team and was set to hand the car over to teammate Jenson Button for the afternoon in Barcelona. However, McLaren opted to end its programme early as a result of the incident.

Alonso’s accident brought the morning running to an early end, and the start to the afternoon session was delayed by 15 minutes as a result of the incident.

His manager, Luis Garcia Abad, has tweeted that the Spaniard is “ok and conscious”, and thanked fans for their concern.

The team has declined to comment on the cause of the accident, and will issue further updates on Alonso’s condition as necessary.

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”