ALONSO'S MYSTERY CRASH: Despite an International Automobile Federation probe we might never know what really happened to Fernando Alonso at Catalunya. Image: AFP
BARCELONA, Spain - McLaren's Fernando Alonso has returned to physical training in preparation for the start of his 2015 race campaign which has been delayed until the Malaysia GP on March 27.
Alonso will skip the season-opening 2015 Australian GP in Melbourne on March 15 as he waits out a precautionary 21-day period to avoiud the potentially fatal post-concussion 'second impact syndrome'.
What happened at Turn 3 during the final day of the second Barcelona test might never be known - by anybody.
FEDERATION CRASH PROBE
Investigators from the International Automobile Federation are analysing the mysterious McLaren-Honda crash but what the telemetry shows is odd and the only person who might actually know, Alonso himself, cannot remember.
Germany's Auto Motor and Sport claims the telemetry shows Alonso's highest speed in the corner was 215km/h but then he inexplicably hit the brakes, downshifted, but maintained control of the Honda-powered MP4-30.
When his speed dropped to 135km/h Alonso apparently steered to the right and struck the wall at 105km/h. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel reported the crash as being “very strange".
Alonso was rendered unconscious but the car was only slightly damaged and his helmet did not appear scratched.
ELECTRIC SHOCK RULED OUT?
The federation has reportedly ruled out the “electric-shock theory”, backed not only by the telemetric evidence but also because Alonso's medical tests showed no sign of a symptomatic enzyme.
Whatever happened, McLaren claims Alonso is currently clear of any "injury" or "medical issue", and "entirely healthy from neurological and cardiac perspectives".
He is preparing to travel to Malaysia later in March and sources reveal he will not fly to Australia to watch the Melbourne GP.
Spanish sports daily Marca reported that, given his all-clear by doctors, Alonso would have no more medical tests except the mandatory ones administered by the federation ahead of his return to the cockpit in Malaysia.
Alonso will have to undergo reflective, cognitive and memory tests that match his previous 'control' scores to a value of 95% - a test created by federation medical delegate Jean-Charles Piette.
Meanwhile his doctors have barred him from his favourite sport - road cycling - but he is allowed to run on a treadmill, swim, or work out in a gym.
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