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2015-03-24 07:58

RECOVERED, READY: Fernando Alonso talks to McLaren's Leonel Flores after visiting the factory on March 18. Image: Facebook.

MADRID, Spain - McLaren has confirmed that Fernando Alonso is preparing to return to action this weekend in Malaysia.

Spanish media reported on Sunday (March 22 2015) that, after consulting doctors in Cambridge, England, the 33-year-old got a green-light.

McLaren announced on Monday that Alonso would indeed race in Malaysia "subject to a successful final medical assessment" on the Thursday before the Malaysian GP.

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The team also revealed on March 23 that Alonso "recalls a sense of 'heavy' steering" before his crash during  a track test in Spain a month earlier. "The team has fitted an additional sensor to the car to increase our data capture," McLaren added.

Also hoping to race this weekend is Valtteri Bottas, who sat out Melbourne with a torn disc in his lower back.

"After such a frustrating Sunday in Australia," the Finn said in a statement issued by the Williams team, "I have taken the necessary measures to make sure I arrive in Malaysia fit to race and ready to bring the results home."

A report on F1's official website said that, like Alonso, the 25-year-old would first have to be cleared by doctors on Thursday.

'DIFFERENT POSITION'

Finally, the Manor team announced its intention to have a "more typical race weekend" in Malaysia after turning up but not actually turning a wheel in Melbourne. Team boss John Booth said: "We are in a different position to the one we were in two weeks earlier. We look forward to debuting the car and our two young drivers and to finally get down to business on the race track."

He was referring to the continuing race pairing of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi.

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