Fernando Alonso’s 2015 looks set to get back on course next weekend, as the Spaniard completed a day in the simulator at Woking yesterday. On account of how poor McLaren’s overall weekend in Australia was, they most certainly need their star signing to be fully fit and ready to haul their under-performing car around the Sepang International Circuit.
In order to reduce the risk of second impact syndrome, doctors advised Alonso to miss the Australian Grand Prix and as such, Kevin Magnussen made an early return to action last weekend. However, powertrain woes on his way to the grid on Sunday robbed the Dane of an opportunity to impress.
It seems as though Magnussen will reclaim his position on McLaren’s substitute bench in Malaysia, however, as Alonso spent his first day in the simulator yesterday. According to a tweet from McLaren, the focus was placed on “operational work” and “procedures.”
Considering how the MP4-30 limped through last weekend’s race, you would forgive Fernando for feeling apprehensive ahead of his return. The partnership has a list of improvements to make longer than a Lord of the Rings script, and I doubt that he will be hugely excited by the prospect of driving McLaren’s latest machine in race-trim. What will excite the Spaniard, is the prospect of aiding the development effort – removing the rough edges from the car and finding out what lies underneath.
It was one of the winter’s most remarkable stories – a developing story – Fernando Alonso’s mysterious accident on the final day of the second test. The Spaniard left the track at Turn three, hitting the barrier and subsequently spending three nights in hospital. The reasons for the crash are either unknown or undisclosed and with Fernando unable to remember the moments leading up to the incident, it may well be a mystery which remains unsolved.
Fernando will face a fitness test on Sunday, which will determine whether he can make the flight to Kuala Lumpur and compete in the second round of the fledging season. After a disappointing opening act in Australia, the sport could do with having one of it’s star men back in action.