Former double world champion Fernando Alonso will undergo strict medical checkups under the medical team of the FIA before being passed it to race in Malaysian Grand Prix, following his crash in pre-season that knocked him unconscious and caused concussion.
The 33 year old spent some time on the simulator at the team’s Woking headquarters and he tweeted that he felt good being back in a racing environment. Alonso said that he was doing everything in his powers t return to action and get behind the wheels of the MP4-30 at the second race of the season and while his return might not be confirmed yet, racing on the simulator is considered as a step in the right direction.
McLaren Honda was one of the slowest cars on the grid and although former world champion Jenson Button did manage to finish the race, he was two laps down. Ron Dennis, the McLaren Honda team principal said that his team’s marquee signing was eager to get back to competitive racing and return the team to winning ways.
While the cause for Alonso’s crash remains unclear, Dennis and Button are convinced that Alonso was not knocked unconscious by the electric shock from the energy recovery system.
Dennis and Button went through a lot of data following the crash as the team boss confirmed there was a wide ranging probe on the crash.
According to Dennis, the team conducted one of the most thorough investigations they had ever done and the car was not damaged badly, so it was possible as well. He mentioned that the team has a reputation of being a technology company and it also does crash research for the FIA and so, they are very well equipped to understand exactly what happened to the car or the driver that caused the crash.