Fernando Alonso says he is pushing to return in time for the Malaysian Grand Prix later this month.
Alonso has been forced to sit out the 2015 season opening Australian Grand Prix after a testing crash in Barcelona last month, with McLaren reserve driver Kevin Magnussen set to substitute for the Spaniard.
“Of course, I’m very disappointed not to be joining Jenson in Melbourne in the McLaren-Honda garage, but I understand the recommendations of the doctors and I’m already back in training and preparing for my first race in the MP4-30,” said Alonso.
“I would like to thank everybody for their kind wishes and support and I’ll be giving everything to be back in the cockpit for Malaysia. I wish Kevin all the best for this weekend in Australia, and I know the car is in his safe hands!
Despite McLaren’s miserable pre-season, when it completed the fewest laps of any team, Alonso is still confident the new Honda-powered MP4-30 is full of potential.
“Even though we faced a lot of challenges in the tests, I am very encouraged by the feeling I got from the car,” he added.
“I’m looking forward to going through all of the data from this weekend with the team to continue our push for development and improve our performance.”
The 2015 Formula 1 season kicks off later this week in Melbourne, Australia.
This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of McLaren