F1: Alonso to Miss Season-Opening Australian Grand Prix on Doctors’ Advice; Magnussen to Sub

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Fernando Alonso will miss the Formula One season opener in Australia on March 15 following his testing crash in Barcelona, Spain last week.

Following a series of tests and scans, doctors have determined Alonso is asymptomatic of any medical issue and they see no evidence whatsoever of any injury — from neurological and cardiac perspectives alike — however they have recommended that, following the concussion he sustained in the Barcelona accident on February 22, Alonso should seek to limit any environmental risk factors that could result in another concussion or create second impact syndrome, as is normal medical procedure when treating athletes after concussions.

Team test and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen will pilot Alonso’s car in the Australian Grand Prix alongside teammate Jenson Button.

Doctors have cleared Alonso to resume physical training, with an eye on the Spaniard returning to the cockpit for the Malaysian Grand Prix, March 27-29.

CREDIT: McLaren-Honda

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