Alonso out of season-opening Australian GP after crash

LONDON (AP) — McLaren says Fernando Alonso will not race in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix following a crash during Formula One testing that sent him to the hospital for three days.

The team says the decision was taken to avoid the chance of Alonso having another concussion.

McLaren maintained that Alonso’s doctors “see no evidence whatsoever of any injury, and that they therefore describe him as entirely healthy from neurological and cardiac perspectives.”

Reserve driver Kevin Magnussen will take Alonso’s place in the March 15 race in Melbourne.

McLaren expects Alonso to be back racing again for the Malaysian Grand Prix on March 29.