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McLaren's Fernando Alonso stepping up bid to make racing return

By Staff Reporter

Formula One: McLaren driver Fernando Alonso will drive a simulator this week in his bid to return to racing.

The Spaniard missed the opening race of the season in Australia to recover from concussion he suffered during a crash in pre-season testing in Barcelona.

Alonso, who spent three days in hospital following the collision, is targeting a return at the Malaysian Grand Prix at the end of the month.

As part of his return to action, the two-time world champion will drive the McLaren simulator and will also undertake the official FIA medical tests he must pass before he is allowed to race.

"We have a programme to help Fernando back to racing and he plans to be in a simulator," a McLaren spokesman said.

The F1 simulator reproduces kerbs and bumps and it is normal for drivers to prepare for a race using one.

Kevin Magnussen stood in for Alonso at the Australian Grand Prix last weekend but failed to take to the grid after a fault occurred in the car during the formation lap.

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