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2015-03-19 08:23

NOT A GOOD WEEKEND: Kevin Magnussen's McLaren waits for rescue after crashing into a tyre wall during second practice for the 2015 Australian F1 GP. Fernando Alonso was sidelined with concussion Image: AP / Rob Griffith

ALAN BALDWIN

LONDON, England - McLaren's Fernando Alonso put in a day's work with the team's Formula 1 simulator on Wednesday (March 18 2015) ahead of his expected return to the track in Malaysia for the March 29 Sepang race.

The Spaniard told his followers on Twitter that it had been "a great day" at the UK factory while McLaren said the two-times champion focused on operational work and practising qualifying and race procedures.

Alonso missed the March 15 season-opening Australian GP - it would have been his first race back with McLaren after leaving Ferrari - on doctors' orders after being concussed in a crash at the Catalunya track near Barcelona in Spain.

DISMAL START

He must still satisfy the governing International Automobile Federation that he is fit to race but expected to be driving again at Sepang and has posted photographs of himself swimming and exercising.

McLaren made a dismal start to the season and its partnership with Honda with Jenson Button and substitute driver Kevin Magnussen qualifying at the back of the diminished Melbourne grid.

Magnussen did not even make it to the grid on Sunday; his engine blew on the formation lap. Button, the last driver to win a race for McLaren back in 2012, finished 11th and last after being lapped twice by 2014 F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.

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