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Alonso is set to race in Melbourne
26 Feb 2015 14:02
McLaren expect Fernando Alonso to recover from Sunday's crash in time to race in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on 15 March.
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The Spanish driver was released on Wednesday from a hospital in Barcelona having spent three days under observation after crashing his McLaren in pre-season testing in the Circuit de Catalunya.
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"I can categorically confirm that he has no lesion and that he wasn't electrocuted," McLaren chairman Ron Dennis said on Thursday, as reported in Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
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"There's no sign that Alonso's brain is damaged.
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"Alonso is physically well and I see no reason why Fernando can't be in Melbourne, but I'm not a doctor.
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"Fernando wanted to return to testing (the car) but the doctors have told him that if he wanted to be certain, he needed to rest and have medical follow-ups."
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The 33-year-old double world champion hit the wall at turn three of the Barcelona-based circuit and McLaren believe the wind was a major factor in the crash.
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"Fernando was unconscious for several seconds after impact," Dennis revealed. "We could hear him breathing on the radio.
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"In previous laps, Alonso had mentioned that turn was a complicated one because the wind affected the car.
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"Nothing hit him directly and the reason for losing consciousness was due to the strong deceleration that his head had to bear after the collision.
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"There is no evidence that he lost consciousness before impact."
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Media reports questioned whether Alonso had felt ill prior to the accident, something which Dennis vehemently denied.
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"According to our information, Fernando was steering, hitting the breaks and changing gears before impact," he said.
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