Alonso is back in the driving seat

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THIS week’s Formula One Grand Prix of Malaysia will see the welcome return of the Spanish driver Fernando Alonso after his absence from the season’s first race in Australia last week.

McLaren have announced that after a period of recuperation, Alonso will be competing in next Sunday’s race, subject to a medical on Thursday.

Speaking on Monday he said: “I watched the weekend’s racing in Australia closely, and was in contact with the team from the outset. It is clear that we have much work ahead of us, but Jenson’s result in Melbourne was encouraging from the standpoint of reliability and data collection, which are very important.”

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Alonso was advised by his doctors last month to take some time off in order to fully recuperate after the spill he had while pre-season testing in Catalonia. Reports at the time suggested that when he awoke in hospital, he had suffered a temporary memory loss and commented to doctors at the bedside, “My name is Fernando and I race karts, I’m going to be a Formula One driver.”

The memory loss, although very temporary, apparently took him back 20 years to 1995 and his kart racing days. However, next Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix will certainly prove his boyhood predictions correct, when he takes to the grid as the great F1 driver we all know he has become.

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