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.