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Medics set to check on Fernando Alonso ahead of return

By Staff Reporter

Fernando Alonso will race in the Malaysian Grand Prix as long as he comes through a final medical assessment on Thursday, his McLaren team have confirmed.

A crash in pre-season testing meant the Spaniard missed the opening round of the 2015 season in Australia as McLaren struggled towards the back of the grid - with Jenson Button finishing two laps down in 11th and last place after a string of retirements.

Alonso, returning to the Woking-based team having left Ferrari, crashed at high speed at turn three of the Circuit de Catalunya last month and suffered a concussion - with the two-time world champion not medically cleared to race in Melbourne as a result.

Reserve driver Kevin Magnussen stepped in for the race in Melbourne, but Alonso is now ready and along with Button he will look to move McLaren further up to the business end of the grid as they struggle to get the maximum out of their new Honda power units.

A team's statement said: "Since his Barcelona testing accident, Fernando has followed a rigorous, specialised training programme, closely monitored by leading sports scientists, to ensure his safe and timely return to racing."

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