McLaren Honda Confirm Fernando Alonso Won’t Drive At F1 Season Opener

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During the final pre-season testing McLaren Honda driver Fernando Alonso experienced an accident. The Spaniard was airlifted via helicopter to the nearest medical facility. It was announced that the driver had a minor concussion and was asked to stay overnight in the hospital.

The accident occurred when Alonso was doing a fast lap in his Honda powered Formula One race car. The Spaniard was driving extremely fast at speeds of 215 km/h, when a strong gust of wind made him lose control of his vehicle. Fernando Alonso's car hit the wall and he suffered two blows to his helmet.

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Fernando Alonso was kept for three days in hospital as he suffered temporary memory loss. McLaren Honda has confirmed that the Spaniard will not be driving at the season opener of Formula One championship in Melbourne, Australia.

McLaren Honda will replace the Spaniard with their third driver Kevin Magnussen. The Danish driver last year impressed everyone by standing on the podium in his very first race. He too has admitted the short notice to step into Alonso's shoes is difficult, especially when having no track time to back him up.

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Alonso's doctor have asked him not to compete in the first race and may deem him fit for round two. The Spaniard will miss 2015 Formula One season opener, however, we are sure he will be fired up in round two and will give it his all behind the wheel of his new McLaren Honda machinery.

Story first published: Saturday, March 7, 2015, 13:43 [IST]
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