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Fernando Alonso to sit out Australian Grand Prix - Doctors recommend the Spaniard waits till Malaysia

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Fernando Alonso to sit out Australian Grand Prix
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McLaren have issued a medical update regarding Fernando Alonso, confirming that the Spanish driver will not be participating in the first race of the year following a concussion sustained during testing. On the advice of doctors, Alonso has opted to sit out the Australian Grand Prix so as to avoid any chance of a second head injury.

The statement reads: “For the time being he should seek to limit as far as is possible any environmental risk factors that could potentially result in his sustaining another concussion so soon after his previous one… as is normal medical procedure when treating athletes after concussion.”

The team have said they support this decision, and have confirmed that Kevin Magnussen will line up alongside Jenson Button for the first race of the season. In a nice and respectful move, Alonso tweeted his replacement driver, saying: “Best of luck at the race mate!” He also said: “It will be tough not to be in Australia but I understand the recommendations.”