It has been confirmed that McLaren-Honda’s Fernando Alonso will miss the Australian Grand Prix 2015 next weekend after his recent crash during testing.

While much speculation remains about the exact cause of Alonso’s crash but it was severe enough that the Spaniard was airlifted to hospital after following a concussion. Before being taken to the hospital, he was treated at the in-field medical centre.

While Alonso will sit out the race at Melbourne’s Albert Park, the McLaren team “see[s] no evidence whatsoever of any injury; and that they therefore describe him as entirely healthy from neurological and cardiac perspectives alike”. Despite that, Alonso has taken on-board the advice of doctors and decided on his own accord to skip the season opener.

As a result of this, McLaren test and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen will be called in to fill Alonso’s seat and will race alongside Jenson Button in the other McLaren-Honda MP4-30.


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