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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Alonso clear to race again

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso will drive a simulator this week in his bid to return to racing
McLaren driver Fernando Alonso will drive a simulator this week in his bid to return to racing

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso has been cleared to travel to Malaysia for the second race of the Formula One season after passing medical tests in England.

The double world champion had short and long-term memory and reflex checks in Cambridge.

The driver, who suffered concussion after crashing in testing in Barcelona last month, missed the March 15 Australian season-opener and must still pass FIA tests at the Sepang circuit on Thursday before being able to race.

His manager has said those should be a formality.

McLaren, who have not won a race since 2012, were woefully off the pace in Australia with Jenson Button finishing last in 11th place after he and Danish team mate Kevin Magnussen qualified on the back row.

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