Fernando Alonso will begin his preparations for a return to action in the Malaysian Grand Prix with a simulator run at McLaren headquarters.

The two-time world champion was forced to miss the opening round of the 2015 Formula 1 season after he was knocked unconscious in an accident during pre-season testing, but has been focusing his preparations on returning for the second round in Sepang.

Part of this will involve checking for any lasting effects at the wheel of the simulator at McLaren's Technology Centre, before heading out to Malaysia, where he will also need the FIA to give him the all-clear.

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Though Alonso was passed fit to drive in the Australian Grand Prix by McLaren, the Spaniard's own medical staff recommended he not drive the McLaren-Honda MP4-30 for a full 21 days after the incident in case another crash had longer lasting implications. The Australian Grand Prix race day fell exactly 3 weeks after the initial crash.

The FIA's investigations into what caused the crash, which McLaren's insists was not caused by a mechanical problem, is still ongoing, according to Charlie Whiting.

Alonso comes back into the team as McLaren falls under scrutiny for its dismal start to the year, which saw the Honda-powered car well off the pace in qualifying and the race, Jenson Button finishing two laps down in 11th and Kevin Magnussen failing to make the start altogether.