Fernando Alonso thanks fans for support following crash

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Fernando Alonso has thanked his fans for their support following a large accident during F1 pre-season testing last week.

The Spaniard was hospitalized last Sunday following a hefty crash at turn three at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which McLaren CEO Ron Dennis confirmed on Thursday had briefly knocked the driver unconscious.

Alonso was released from hospital on Wednesday and missed this week’s test in Barcelona, but filmed a video to confirm that he was feeling okay and to thank fans for their support.

“As you can see, I’m completely fine,” Alonso said. “I would like to be testing this week in Barcelona, but the doctor’s recommendation is to wait a little bit, for a couple of days.

“I will rest this weekend and keep you updated next week with progress. See you very soon on the track and thanks again for the support.”

The Spaniard hopes to return to the McLaren car for the first grand prix of the year in Australia, with practice for the race being held on March 13.