Fernando Alonso says it will be difficult not to be lining up for the 2015 Australian Grand Prix after being ruled out of the season opener on the advice of his medical team.

Alonso suffered a concussion in an accident during pre-season testing on February 22nd and spent three nights in hospital, though McLaren's Ron Dennis said last week that he expected his driver to make the opening round of the season in Melbourne.

However, though it emphasised that there is no evidence of any ongoing medical issues, McLaren has confirmed that Alonso will not be racing in the Australian Grand Prix after seemingly going on the advice of his own doctors.

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Alonso has since taken to Twitter to express his disappointment that he won't be racing in Australia, but accepted the recommendation that he shouldn't drive the car 21 days after a concussion. The Australian Grand Prix starts 19 days after the accident.

Alonso also reached out to wish his replacement Kevin Magnussen all the best for the opening round, which will see the race debut for the new Honda-powered McLaren MP4-30.

The Australian Grand Prix will be the first F1 race Alonso has missed on medical grounds since his debut in 2001 - a full 235 races. He didn't start the United States Grand Prix in Indianapolis after the Michelin tyre debacle.