Force India's Italian driver Giancarlo Fisichella crashed heavily in testing at Silverstone on Wednesday and was taken to the medical centre for precautionary tests on his wrist.

The Silverstone-based team said Fisichella went into the barriers at Becketts, one of the fastest corners of the circuit that hosts next week's Grand Prix, in blustery conditions.

The car was extensively damaged.

"I just got caught out by a change in grip and balance going through Becketts and went off the track," the driver said in a team statement.