Sunday 17 December 2017

Alonzo to miss opening race

Fernando Alonso will miss next week's season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix on doctors' advice after a heavy crash in testing, the Spaniard's McLaren team said.

"Fernando has understood and accepted that advice, and the two McLaren-Honda cars will therefore be driven in Australia by Fernando's team-mate Jenson Button and the team's test and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen," they said in a statement.

Australia would have marked a new start for Alonso at McLaren, who are also embarking on a new engine partnership with Honda.

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