Fernando Alonso’s return to the Formula 1 grid continues to make progress, after the McLaren team confirmed that the Spaniard spent a day in its state-of-the-art simulator ahead of his intended return at next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

Alonso was advised by doctors to miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after suffering concussion in an accident during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. His place was taken by the team’s reserve driver, Kevin Magnussen, who himself failed to take the start after his car’s Honda engine failed on his installation lap to the starting grid.

The two-time World Champion has since resumed training duties, and this week travelled to the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking to conduct a full qualifying and race simulation, the team confirmed.

Alonso’s participation at next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix is not guaranteed, however.

“The normal process recommended by the doctors was obviously to stay and rest at home for a few days and this is what he was doing and during the same time he was allowed to train again and start again his recovery and training programme,” McLaren’s racing director, Eric Boullier, said before the Australian Grand Prix.

“Now it’s up to the doctors of the FIA to decide if he will be ready to race in Malaysia or not.”

Image via McLaren Media Centre

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