McLaren expects Alonso to race in Australia

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Ron Dennis says he expects Fernando Alonso to race at the Australian Grand Prix, but admits he cannot guarantee the Spaniard’s fitness.

Alonso crashed at Turn 3 on the final day of the second test at the Circuit de Catalunya and had to be airlifted to hospital.

He spent three nights under medical observation before he was discharged on Wednesday, and has been forced to sit out the final test in Barcelona due under the recommendation of doctors.

“I can’t foresee any reason why not but I’m not the doctor,” Dennis said, when asked if Alonso is likely to race at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

“There will be some tests and processes laid down within the FIA. I can’t see any reason he won’t just sail through it. It’s not for me to determine.

Kevin Magnussen will substitute for the recovering Alonso during the final test, and would be the obvious choice to drive in Australia, should the Spaniard be ruled out.

“We have Kevin here,” Dennis added. “He will test. If Fernando didn’t drive, Kevin would drive.

“It’s the sort of preparation that you would expect us to take to cover all eventualities as opposed to this being something that we put right up there. Why would we want to put Kevin in the car without him having driven it?”

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of McLaren

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