Fernando Alonso has his sights firmly set on returning to Formula One in Malaysia later this month despite the shroud of uncertainty that continues to hover over the double world champion.
Alonso’s crash into a wall at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on the final day of the second pre-season test last month has sparked feverish speculation as to the exact cause, and to the ongoing condition of the Spaniard.
McLaren claimed a freak gust of wind forced Alonso off track, denying vehemently the incident was caused by either mechanical or electrical failure, yet there are those who have their doubts.
The 33-year-old went on to spend three nights in a local hospital on the back of conflicting stories as to whether he had suffered concussion.
After skipping the third and final test, doctors decided it would be in Alonso’s best interests for him to also miss the first race of the season in Australia this weekend.
It was deemed necessary for Alonso to avoid ‘second-impact syndrome’, whereby brain damage or death could result from another incident at a time when he is continuing to recover from the first.
The belief is Alonso will return for the next race in Malaysia from the March 27-29.