Fernando Alonso is “devoid of all injuries” from Sunday’s crash in testing and is expected to line up on the grid for the season-opening race in Australia next month, McLaren boss Ron Dennis said on Thursday.
According to Dennis the 33-year-old Alonso was knocked unconscious “for a few seconds” after hitting a wall in pre-season testing in Barcelona.
Two-time world champion Alonso, who was released from hospital on Wednesday, is not taking part in this week’s final test with reserve driver Kevin Magnussen partnering Jenson Button.
Dennis said Alonso is “completely fine” but added that a final decision on the Spaniard’s fitness would be taken by doctors.
“He is devoid of all injuries,” Dennis was quoted as saying by the BBC. “We can categorically say he has no injury. I’m not a doctor, but I can’t foresee any reason why [Alonso would not race in Australia] not.”
“There is a process of tests laid down by the FIA and I can’t see any reason why he won’t sail through it, but it’s not for me to determine. All he wants to do at the moment is to race and test.”
Dennis told reporters that Alonso “wanted to test” this week, “but doctors have told him he needs to rest”.
“They wanted to make sure everything was perfect before he was discharged. He’s pushing very hard to get in the car,” Dennis added. “Doctors are saying no. All he wants to do at the moment is race and test.”