Reports: Alonso undergoes medical tests at Cambridge University on Sunday ahead of possible F1 comeback

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Fernando Alonso’s push to return to Formula 1 following his accident during pre-season testing could be completed today, with a number of publications reporting that the Spaniard is undergoing a number of medical examinations on Sunday to decide his fitness for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Alonso had been due to take part in his first race for McLaren since the end of 2007 at last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, having joined the British team after five years with Ferrari.

However, a mysterious accident during pre-season testing left him concussed and hospitalized for three days. Doctors advised Alonso to miss the first race of the year as a precaution, allowing Kevin Magnussen to take part in the grand prix weekend in Melbourne.

Now back in training, Alonso is widely expected to be fit for next weekend’s race in Malaysia. Earlier this week, his manager was quoted as saying that a return was “a mere formality”, suggesting that significant progress has been made.

However, according to reports by a number of British newspapers including the Daily Mail, Alonso’s fate will be decided today when he completes a series of medical tests at Cambridge University in England.

Alonso has been sent to Cambridge by the FIA, whose appointed doctors will have the final say on his participation in the Malaysian Grand Prix, set to be held next Sunday.

Should the Spaniard be fit to race, he will be hoping to open up McLaren’s points account for the season after Jenson Button finished 11th in Australia. Magnussen, in his one and only race of the year, failed to make the start following an engine failure.

Sports imitates art with Tyler Bereman’s Red Bull Imagination course

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This past weekend riders took on the Red Bull Imagination, a one-of-a-kind event conceived by Tyler Bereman – an event that blended art, imagination, and sports.

In its third year, Red Bull Imagination opened to the public for the first-time, inviting fans to experience a more personal and creative side of the riders up close and personal.

As the event elevates its stature, the course gets tougher. The jumps get higher and the competition stouter. This year’s course took inspiration from a skatepark, honoring other adrenaline-laced pastimes and competitions.

“There’s a ton of inspiration from other action sports,” Bereman told Red Bull writer Eric Shirk as he geared up for the event.

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Bereman was the leading force in the creation of this event and the winner of its inaugural running. In 2022, Bereman had to settle for second with Axell Hodges claiming victory on the largest freeride course created uniquely for the Red Bull Imagination.

Unlike other courses, Bereman gave designer Jason Baker the liberty to create obstacles and jumps as he went. And this was one of the components that helped the course imitate art.

Baker’s background in track design comes from Supercross. In that sport, he had to follow strict guidelines and build the course to a specific length and distance. From the building of the course through the final event, Bereman’s philosophy was to give every person involved, from creators to riders, fans and beyond, the chance to express themselves.

He wanted the sport to bridge the valley between racing and art.

Tyler Bereman uses one of Red Bull Imagination’s unique jumps. Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool

Hodges scored a 98 on the course and edged Bereman by two points. Both riders used the vast variety of jumps to spend a maximum amount of time airborne. Hodges’s first run included nearly every available obstacle including a 180-foot jump before backflipping over the main road.

The riders were able to secure high point totals on their first runs. Then, the wind picked up ahead of Round 2. Christian Dresser and Guillem Navas were able to improve their scores on the second run by creating new lines on the course and displaying tricks that did not need the amount of hangtime as earlier runs. They were the only riders to improve from run one to run two.

With first and second secured with their early runs, Hodge and Bereman teamed up to use their time jointly to race parallel lines and create tandem hits. The two competitors met at the center of the course atop the Fasthouse feature and revved their engines in an embrace.

Julien Vanstippen rounded out the podium with a final score of 92; his run included a landing of a 130-foot super flip.