McLaren’s Fernando Alonso set for simulator before Malaysia

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso will drive a simulator this week in his bid to return to racing.

The Spaniard missed the opening race of the season in Australia to recover from concussion he suffered during a crash in pre-season testing in Barcelona.

Alonso, who spent three days in hospital following the collision, is targeting a return at the Malaysian Grand Prix at the end of the month.

As part of his return to action, the two-times world champion will drive the McLaren simulator and will also undertake the official FIA medical tests he must pass before he is allowed to race.

“We have a programme to help Fernando back to racing and he plans to be in a simulator,” a McLaren spokesman told the BBC.

The Formula One simulator reproduces kerbs and bumps and it is normal for drivers to prepare for a next race using one.

Kevin Magnussen stood in for Alonso at the Australian Grand Prix last weekend but failed to take to the grid after smoke was pouring from the back of his car during the formation lap.

Although Alonso made a full recovery before the race in Melbourne and was described as ‘’asymptomatic’’, his doctors believed it was best he sat out the race in Melbourne coming so soon after the accident. Wary of the dangers of ‘second-impact syndrome’, and the prospect of sustaining another concussion so soon after the first, Alonso knew the decision taken to skip the race was the correct one.

Via his Twitter account, Alonso said: ‘’It will be tough not to be in Australia, but I understand the recommendations. A second impact in less than 21 days ‘’NO’’ #countdownMalaysia.’’