Alonso 'giving everything' for Malaysia return
Fernando Alonso is "giving everything" to return to the McLaren cockpit in time for the Malyasian Grand Prix as he resumes training.
Alonso will miss this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix after suffering concussion during a testing accident two and half weeks ago in Barcelona. He will be replaced by Kevin Magnussen but cannot wait to return to the grid at the second round in Malaysia.
"Of course, I'm very disappointed not to be joining Jenson in Melbourne in the McLaren-Honda garage, but I understand the recommendations of the doctors and I'm already back in training and preparing for my first race in the MP4-30. I would like to thank everybody for their kind wishes and support and I'll be giving everything to be back in the cockpit for Malaysia. I wish Kevin all the best for this weekend in Australia, and I know the car is in his safe hands!
"Even though we faced a lot of challenges in the tests, I am very encouraged by the feeling I got from the car, and I'm looking forward to going through all of the data from this weekend with the team to continue our push for development and improve our performance."
Magnussen added: "I'm really pleased to be behind the wheel with McLaren-Honda at Melbourne again. Of course, the reason I am here is an unusual one, but my job is to do the best job I can for the team while Fernando is out of the cockpit, and that's what I'll do.
"To be back in Melbourne is a fantastic feeling, especially as those memories of my podium here last year are incredibly special and something I'll never forget. I loved racing on this circuit last year and I'm really looking forward to getting back out on track in Friday practice to continue the development of our car here. Although we had some challenges in Barcelona, overall the MP4-30 felt very positive and certainly different from last year's car, in a good way.
"Of course, we aren't expecting to win here, but my focus is on setting up the car for race conditions and pushing our progress forward. I'll be working hard with my engineers to give them as much valuable feedback as possible so that they can keep developing the car and improving our performance and reliability.
"Although I didn't expect to be sitting in the cockpit in Australia, I've spent the winter preparing as I would normally for a race season, so I feel fit and ready for the task ahead of me and to do the best I can for the team. It's a fantastic opportunity for me to get more mileage under my belt in the MP4-30, and this will in turn benefit the team over the coming months as I work with the team back in Woking. The racing is sure to be unpredictable here at the start of the new season, and it'll be really interesting to find out where we compare to the rest of the grid, but I'm definitely up for the challenge."