Madrid, Mar 4: Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso will miss the opening race of the 2015 season in Australia after suffering concussion in a crash in testing, his McLaren team confirmed yesterday.
The 33-year-old Spaniard crashed into a wall at the track in Barcelona when he ran wide on the final day of the second pre-season test and had to be air-lifted to hospital under sedation.
Alonso spent three nights in hospital before being released and as a result sat out the final testing session in Barcelona last week so as to recuperate at home in Spain.
"Fernando's doctors have recommended to him that, following the concussion he sustained in a testing accident at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on February 22nd, 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 said in a statement.
His doctors have advised that he should not compete in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix which will take place on March 15, 2015. In Alonso's absence, the two McLaren-Honda cars will therefore be driven by Fernando's team-mate Jenson Button and the team's test and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen.
However, McLaren team remained hopeful that Alonso will be cleared to race in the second Grand Prix of the season in Malaysia on March 29, 2015.
The 33-year-old Spainard tweeted just few weeks before the start of the opening race in Australia.
It will be tough not to be in Australia, but I understand the recommendations. A second impact in less than 21 days "NO"#countdownMalaysia— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) March 3, 2015