McLaren admit Alonso a doubt for Formula One season opener

Frank Dalleres
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MCLAREN chiefs are optimistic that former world champion Fernando Alonso will be fit for the season’s first race in Australia next month, but admit he remains a doubt following his crash in testing.

Concussed Alonso spent three days in hospital this week after ploughing into a wall at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on Sunday. The Melbourne curtain-raiser is just two weeks away but McLaren chairman Ron Dennis said the Spaniard had suffered no long-term damage.

“There’s no sign that Alonso’s brain is damaged. He is physically well and I see no reason why Fernando can’t be in Melbourne, but I’m not a doctor,” said Dennis. “He wanted to return to testing but doctors have told him that if he wanted to be certain, he needed to rest and have medical follow-ups.”