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 entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold