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Alonso set to return to action


FERNANDO ALONSO is "devoid of all injuries" from Sunday's crash in testing and is expected to line up on the grid for the season-opening race in Australia next month, McLaren boss Ron Dennis said yesterday.

According to Dennis the 33-year-old Alonso was knocked unconscious "for a few seconds" after hitting a wall in pre-season testing in Barcelona. Two-time world champion Alonso, who was released from hospital on Wednesday, is not taking part in this week's final test with reserve driver Kevin Magnussen partnering Jenson Button.

McLaren boss Dennis said Alonso is "completely fine" but added that a final decision on the Spaniard's fitness would be taken by doctors.