Fernando Alonso will fly to Malaysia to compete in the Grand Prix after having preliminary tests to confirm he has recovered from his concussion.

The Spaniard – who missed the Australian Grand Prix due to his rehabilitation – was also tested on his short and long term memory well as his reflexes, to ensure he’s fit enough to pilot a Formula 1 car. Alonso still needs to satisfy the FIA and pass two more tests in Sepang on Thursday, one of them being an impact test which will fully assess his recovery from concussion.

The 33-year-old suffered temporary memory loss in his pre-season testing crash, where it was reported that upon regaining consciousness Alonso thought the year was 1995. However, McLaren racing director Eric Boullier played down the reports and said that he had suffered “a normal concussion”.

Should Alonso be fit enough to return to racing this weekend, he will take his seat back from stand-in Kevin Magnussen and join Jenson Button in developing the extremely off the pace McLaren MP4-30.

Image via McLaren Media

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