McLaren-Honda has given more information into what may have caused Fernando Alonso's crash during pre-season testing as it confirmed he has been given the all-clear to travel to Sepang for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Spaniard suffered a concussion and was briefly knocked unconscious in the accident at the Circuit de Catalunya last month, the incident prompting a three night hospital stay and his withdrawal from the 2015 F1 opener in Australia.

Having undergone medical tests to determine his condition ahead of the second round in Malaysia, Alonso visited Cambridge University for an assessment and has duly been passed fit to travel to Asia. He will now have to undergo an FIA medical test at the circuit on Thursday to be passed fit to race.

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"McLaren-Honda is pleased to announce that, subject to a successful final FIA medical assessment this Thursday 26th March at the Sepang International Circuit, Fernando Alonso will return to the cockpit of his MP4-30 car for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

"Since his Barcelona testing accident, Fernando has followed a rigorous, specialised training programme, designed and closely monitored by leading sports scientists, to ensure his safe and timely return to racing.

"At the McLaren Technology Centre last week, Fernando met with his engineers and drove the simulator, to bring him up to date with the latest developments on the MP4-30 chassis and power unit."

McLaren says it has also quizzed Alonso on the still little-known circumstances which led to the accident, which occurred during the second F1 winter test in Barcelona. Though the team had originally ruled out the possibility of a mechanical fault, Alonso says he recalls a 'heavy steering' beforehand, information it has passed on to the FIA for its own investigation.

"As part of the process he spent time with senior engineers, discussing the accident and reviewing the comprehensive data and analysis, all of which has been shared with the FIA.

"While there was nothing evident in the extensive car telemetry data, nor anything abnormal in the subsequent reconstructions and laboratory tests, Fernando recalls a sense of 'heavy' steering prior to the accident. Consequently, the team has fitted an additional sensor to the car, to increase our data capture."

Should he get the green light to race, Alonso will be getting his first taste of the MP4-30 for more than a month on the Friday.


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SoSlo: amazing...

he couldn't remember anything for three days in hospital and now he has perfect recall of what happened exactly before the accident


I had a car accident years ago in which I was knocked unconscious and had a concussion and I could not immediately remember anything about the accident. The details slowly returned over a period of months...