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Fernando Alonso insists that he's back to race fitness

By Ian Parkes

Fernando Alonso has declared himself "ready to go" ahead of facing one final hurdle prior to his return to Formula One in Malaysia this weekend.

The double world champion missed the opening round of the season in Australia following a crash in his McLaren in the second pre-season test in Barcelona in which he sustained concussion.

Alonso has since undergone numerous tests and examinations to ensure he is fit to return to the cockpit of his car, with a final medical assessment by the FIA due to be conducted tomorrow at the Sepang International Circuit.

Given the heat and high humidity in Malaysia, the FIA will also need convincing that Alonso will be able to cope with the conditions.

The Spaniard is adamant he is fine, saying: "I've been working hard on my fitness and I feel good and ready to go.

"The heat in Malaysia is always tough for the drivers, but I've been focusing on this in my training and I'm prepared."

Should Alonso return he faces an uphill struggle given the lack of performance of McLaren.

After stand-in Kevin Magnussen retired on the formation lap with a technical issue in Melbourne, Jenson Button went on to finish in 11th and last place.

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