(REUTERS) - McLaren's Fernando Alonso was involved in a heavy crash on the final day of pre-season testing in Barcelona on Sunday but is "okay and conscious", officials said.
The Spaniard, twice Formula One world champion, hit the wall on the exit of Turn Three at speeds of up to 240kmh.
An ambulance was dispatched to treat the 33-year-old Alonso at the scene of the accident.
He was taken to the circuit's medical centre for initial treatment before being airlifted to hospital for precautionary checks. "Fernando Alonso crashed in the end of Turn Three. The car has gone back and crashed into the wall," a statement from the circuit said.
The Circuit de Catalunya tweeted: "It seems that Alonso is ok. We hope that everything's alright and all ends with just a shock!!"
It is unsure whether the crash was a result of a driver error or a malfunction with the car.
Alonso's former Ferrari team, whom he left at the end of last season, tweeted; "All the best Fernando."