PREPPING FOR MALAYSIA: Despite a clean bill of health, Fernando Alonso won't race at the 2015 Australian GP. Image: McLaren/ Twitter
LONDON, England - Fernando Alonso will not race at the season-opening 2015 Australian GP on March 15.
McLaren reports Alonso, acting on his doctor's advice, won't feature in Melbourne following his heavy crash during testing at the Catalunya circuit in Spain.
The team said in a statement: "Fernando has understood and accepted that advice, and the two McLaren-Honda cars will therefore be driven in Australia by Fernando's team mate Jenson Button and the team's test and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen."
'ENTIRELY HEALTHY' BUT...
The team posted on its website: "Having performed an exhaustive series of tests and scans – some of them as recently as Monday evening – McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso’s doctors have informed him that they find him asymptomatic of any medical issue; that they see no evidence whatsoever of any injury; and that they therefore describe him as entirely healthy from neurological and cardiac perspectives alike.
"However, Fernando’s doctors have recommended to him that, following the concussion he sustained in a testing accident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 22, 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, so as to minimise the chances of second impact syndrome, as is normal medical procedure when treating athletes after concussions."
McLaren confirms that Alonso will undergo physical training in preparation for the 2015 Malaysian GP on March 29.
CRASH STILL A MYSTERY
Alonso's crash at Catalunya remains a mystery though McLaren argues that a strong gust of wind blew the driver off-track. Rumours continue to suggest that Alonso was unconscious before his car hit the track wall.
The lack of a widely accepted version of Alonso's crash means speculation continues to prosper. Ralf Bach, an F1 correspondent with his own blog f1-insider.com, claims rumours of Alonso being electrically shocked survive despite McLaren denials.
He said victims of an electric shock were often confused and suffered memory loss. Alonso, after the crash, thought he was still a Ferrari driver. Bach added that Mercedes and Renault cars had five shock fail-safes for the driver but Honda's new 'power unit' had three.
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