Mclaren’s Fernando Alonso will miss the season-opening australian grand prix on 15 march on medical advice.
Following thorough medical examination after his accident, doctors have advised 33-year-old Spaniard, Fernando Alonso, who crashed in testing on 22 February, not to risk a second concussion by racing in Melbourne.
In response to his doctors’ “orders”, Alonso tweeted that although it will be tough to miss the upcoming race, he understood the recommendations.
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
One man’s woe: another’s opportunity
Alonso who is a two-time champion will have his place taken by 22-year-old Dane Kevin Magnussen, McLaren’s reserve driver. The excited Magnussen tweeted: “Shame about the circumstance but still I’m so excited to be racing in Melbourne.”
Shame about the circumstances but still I’m so excited to be racing in Melbourne. Can’t wait!! #BelieveInMcLarenHonda
— Kevin Magnussen (@KevinMagnussen) March 3, 2015
Alonso was driving at a speed of 215km/h (133.6mph) when he lost control of his car at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
He hit a wall, suffered two blows to his head and was immediately flown to hospital, where he was kept for three nights.