Alonso recalls ‘heavy steering’ ahead of Barcelona testing crash

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McLaren has revealed that Fernando Alonso experienced a “sense of heavy steering” before his Barcelona testing crash last month. 

Alonso was forced to sit out the 2015 season opener in Australia after he suffered a concussion in a pre-season testing crash at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

He will need to pass a FIA medical assessment on Thursday to clear him to drive at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Spaniard returned to McLaren last week and spent time in the team’s simulator in an effort to catch up the recent developments introduced to the Honda-powered MP4-30, while also discussing the nature of his testing accident with his engineers.

“While there was nothing evident in the extensive car telemetry data, nor anything abnormal in the subsequent reconstructions and laboratory tests, Fernando recalls a sense of ‘heavy’ steering prior to the accident,” read a McLaren statement, released on Monday.

“Consequently, the team has fitted an additional sensor to the car, to increase our data capture.

“Fernando is very much looking forward to getting back into the car and making a substantial contribution to our collective efforts with Honda, to accelerate the required improvement to our on-track performance.”

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

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