Alonso understands recommendation to miss Australia
Fernando Alonso says he fully understands the medical recommendation he sit out the 2015 season opener in Melbourne.
Alonso suffered a 134mph crash during the second test in Barcelona and was briefly knocked unconscious. He also suffered a concussion in the crash and this was enough to prompt a three-day stay in hospital and let to him missing the final Barcelona test.
On Tuesday McLaren confirmed doctors had recommended Alonso sit out the Australian Grand Prix as a precaution as they look to minimise the risk of Second Impact Syndrome, a serious injury which can occur when concussions are suffered in close proximity. After the news Alonso tweeted his disappointment he will not be competing in Melbourne but added that he understands the doctor's desire to be as safe as possible.
As the hashtag suggests, Alonso is targeting a return at the Malaysian Grand Prix on March 29.
It will be tough not to be in Australia, but I understand the recommendations. A second impact in less than 21 days "NO" #countdownMalaysia— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) March 3, 2015