Alonso set for medical tests ahead of Malaysia
Fernando Alonso needs to pass a series of medical tests before being declared fit to race at the Malaysian Grand Prix next weekend, according to a report in The Guardian.
Alonso missed the first race of the season in Australia following his unusual accident in testing, which left him concussed and unconscious. He has since passed several medical tests in his native Spain, but those results are set to be analysed by three FIA-appointed doctors at Cambridge University on Sunday, who will also conduct further tests.
If he passes Sunday's test he will travel back to his home in Dubai before continuing to Malaysia where a further two tests will be conducted on the Thursday ahead of the race. The first will be undertaken by the chief doctor at the Sepang International Circuit before one final test by FIA chief medical officer, Jean-Charles Piette. The final test is known as the 'impact test' and measures a driver's reaction times against a previous score set before the accident. Alonso's manager, Luis Garcia Abad, insists the tests are a "formality" but they are mandatory if the Spanish driver is going to be allowed to race in Sepang.
Alonso has always insisted he intends to return at the Malaysian Grand Prix and last week completed a session in the McLaren simulator as preparation for next weekend's race.