Three-time Malaysian Grand Prix winner Fernando Alonso declares he is 'ready to go' this weekend for his long-awaited return to Formula 1 racing after suffering concussion in a pre-season crash.

The McLaren-Honda driver will still need to pass FIA medical checks on Thursday ahead of the second round of the 2015 Formula 1 season, but the Spaniard is confident he is 100% fit for a Grand Prix weekend.

"I've been working hard on my fitness and I feel good and ready to go this weekend," Alonso said. "The heat in Malaysia is always very tough for the drivers but I've been focusing on this in my training and I'm definitely prepared for all of the weather conditions that we can face in Sepang.

"The weekend will be tough, but I'm looking forward to getting into the MP4-30 for the first time in a Grand Prix and getting back to racing."

Related Articles

The former world champion is beginning his second spell with McLaren after joining the Woking-based team from Ferrari during the winter. The 33-year-old missed the season opener in Australia as he was still recovering from a heavy shunt during pre-season testing in Barcelona, where he suffered memory loss and was to hospital by air ambulance.

Both team and driver feel ready for the Malaysian Grand Prix and Alonso says he has kept in close contact with McLaren after the opening race in Melbourne as well as his team-mate Jenson Button.

"I watched the weekend in Australia very closely and I was in touch with the team from the moment they arrived," he added. "It's clear we have a lot of work ahead of us but Jenson's result in Melbourne was encouraging from the point of view of reliability and data collection, which are extremely important."

Looking ahead to Sepang it is a track which has provided Alonso with a fair amount of joy over his Formula 1 career. A three-time winner (2005, 2007 and 2012), the McLaren driver hails the track as one of his favourites on the F1 calendar and believes it will help his team develop its MP4-30 car and the all-new Honda power unit.

"It's a really exciting circuit to drive and there's the opportunity for good overtaking battles between the straights and the fast corners," Alonso said. "I've won three times in Malaysia, including in 2007 with McLaren, and although we are a long way from the front, everyone in McLaren-Honda is working hard to develop the package and keep building momentum with each race.

"There's a lot of potential in the car and we will keep pushing every race until we see results."