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2015-03-23 07:00

NOT ONLY ALONSO CRASHED...: Fernando Alonso's team mate Kevin Magnussen's McLaren is removed from the Melbourne circuit after he crashed into a tyre wall during second practice for the 2015 Australian F1 GP. Image AP / Rob Griffith

ALAN BALDWIN

LONDON, England - McLaren's Fernando Alonso has passed medical tests in England and been cleared to travel to Malaysia for the second race of the 2015 Formula 1 season.

Spanish media Marca and AS sports newspapers reported on Sunday (March 22) that the two-times F1 champion driver’s short- and long-term memory and muscle reflexes were checked in Cambridge.

There was no immediate comment from McLaren.

MORE TESTS 'A FORMALITY'

The driver, apparently concussed during a crash into the track wall during testing in Spain in February 2015, missed the March 15 Formula 1 season-opener and must still pass International Automobile Federation tests at the Sepang circuit on Thursday before being allowed to race.

His manager said such tests should be a formality.

McLaren has not won a race since 2012 and was woefully off the pace in Australia with Jenson Button finishing last of the 11th finishers after he and Danish team mate Kevin Magnussen qualified on the back row.

Alonso is back with McLaren at the start of a new Honda-powered era for the former champion team for which he drove in 2007. He had spent five years with Ferrari.

'NORMAL CONCUSSION'

The 33-year-old suffered temporary memory loss in his crash. Some reports suggested he had forgotten in the immediate aftermath that he was an F1 driver; he could not initially remember anything after 1995.

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier played that down at the time, saying the Spaniard, who spent three nights in a hospital, had suffered "a normal concussion" and everything was back to normal.

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