Alonso’s manager expects Spaniard to return in Malaysia

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The manager of McLaren driver Fernando Alonso is confident that the Spaniard will make his F1 comeback at next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix following a testing accident in February.

Alonso was concussed following a hefty collision with the wall at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in pre-season testing last month, with doctors advising him to miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix to prevent a repeat incident.

The Spaniard has been back in training ahead of a possible return, completing some laps in the McLaren simulator earlier this week.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper AS, Alonso’s manager Luis Garcia Abad gave an update on his client’s condition and made clear that a return in Malaysia was likely.

“Fernando is well and will pass the medical tests,” Abad said. “Trust that it is a mere formality.”

McLaren is yet to make any official comment about its plans for the race in Sepang, having replaced Alonso with reserve driver Kevin Magnussen for the opening race of the year in Australia.

Regardless of its line-up, the team will be hoping for a better showing next weekend after failing to score any points in Melbourne last Sunday. Magnussen did not even start the race thanks to an issue with his engine, whilst Jenson Button languished down in 11th place as the final finisher at Albert Park.