The Spaniard had been involved in a crash during testing in Barcelona…
McLaren-Honda have announced that Fernando Alonso will not be driving for the team in the Australian Grand Prix and will be replaced by Kevin Magnussen for the race.
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McLaren driver Fernando Alonso leaves hospital following Barcelona testing shunt
Formula 1: McLaren driver Fernando Alonso to remain in hospital, may miss second Barcelona test
The Spaniard’s doctors have ruled him clear of any medical problems following a crash during testing in Barcelona, but have still recommended he miss the opening weekend of the season. They are worried that should he suffer another crash so soon afterwards it could have more serious ramifications.
Missing a further period after being given a clean bill of health is usual for sports stars with concussion injuries. The 33-year-old will start physical training with the support of his medical team to get ready for the Malaysian Grand Prix, which starts on March 27th.
Reserve driver Kevin Magnussen will partner teammate Jenson Button for the race down under. The 22-year-old was only relegated to the reserve spot to make room for Alonso at the end of last season.