Fernando Alonso’s bid to return to racing at next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix appears to be gathering steam after the Spaniard enjoyed a “great day” in the McLaren simulator on Wednesday.
Alonso was forced to miss the opening Formula 1 grand prix of the season in Australia on March 15 after suffering a concussion during a testing accident in February.
Although he was not seriously hurt and appeared to be okay when talking in a video released on his YouTube channel in the week after the accident, McLaren followed the advice given by his doctors and rested the Spaniard for the first round of the year.
Over the race weekend, Alonso was in Dubai beginning some fitness training, and on Wednesday got in the team’s simulator for the first time since his accident.
On his official Twitter account, Alonso said: “Great day today at MTC! Lots of meetings and simulator work!”
Gran día en la fabrica de McLaren! Muchas reuniones y trabajo en el simulador! Great day today at MTC! Lots of meetings and simulator work!
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) March 18, 2015
The team is yet to confirm whether Alonso will be racing in next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, but the signs coming out of Woking this week are positive.
Should the two-time world champion return, he will take part in his first race for McLaren since the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix, where he narrowly missed out on a third world championship.
Undoutbedly, both he and teammate Jenson Button will be hoping for some kind of improvement from the team after a miserable start to the season in Australia. Kevin Magnussen, Alonso’s stand-in, didn’t even start the race following an engine failure, whilst Button finished two laps down on race winner Lewis Hamilton as the only driver outside of the top ten.