Following his doctor’s advice, Fernando Alonso will not compete in the F1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
The Spaniard lost control of his McLaren Challenger at the penultimate winter test in Barcelona last month. He was unconscious for a relatively short period of time and then he was sent to hospital.
Now the two-time world champion is recovering at his home. Not long ago, the 33-year-old driver posted a video on social media to thank his fans for supporting him and to update them on his condition.
In the video, Alonso said: “As you can see I’m completely fine. I will rest and keep you updated next week with progress and see you very soon on the track.”
And now the Spaniard informs that he will not compete in the Australian Grand Prix as the doctors indicates that racing in Melbourne three weeks after the high impact could be too risky.
Alonso tweeted: “It will be tough not to be in Australia, but I understand the recommendations. A second impact in less than 21 days ‘No’.”
And Alonso’s team McLaren has also released a statement, saying: “Fernando’s doctors have recommended to him that, following his concussion he sustained 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.”
Therefore, Kevin Magnussen, who lost his seat when the Spaniard switched from Ferrari to McLaren, will race alongside Jenson Button in the Australian Grand Prix on March 15.
Well, the good news is that the doctors have found the former champion asymptomatic of any medical issue and they described Alonso as entirely healthy from neurological and cardiac perspectives alike. Thus, there is a great chance that Alonso could return to the Malaysian Grand Prix at the end of March.
Let’s hope that Alonso will recover soon.
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