Fernando Alonso will miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on the advice of his doctors.
The 33-year-old, who this year makes a return to his 2007 team McLaren, suffered concussion after a high-speed crash during the final day of the second pre-season test, on February 22nd. The Spaniard was admitted to the ICU unit of a local hospital as he underwent precautionary scans and tests, but was released a day later.
Today, though, Alonso announced that, following advice from his medical team, he will not race at the Australian Grand Prix on March 15th.
A McLaren team statement released this morning read: “Fernando’s doctors have recommended to him that, following the concussion he sustained in a testing accident on February 22nd, for the time being he should seek to limit as far as is possible any environmental risk factors that could potentially result in his sustaining another concussion so soon after his previous one.”
While Alonso will miss the first race, he should be fit to race at the Malaysian Grand Prix two weeks later, on March 28th.
McLaren reserve driver Kevin Magnussen will replace Alonso on the Aussie grid. The Dane raced alongside Jenson Button at the team last year, but was appointed reserve driver to facilitate Alonso’s return to the Woking outfit.
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