Wednesday Simulator session for returning Alonso

Fernando Alonso will move one step closer to a Formula 1 return when he makes his first appearance in the McLaren simulator since his testing crash in Barcelona in February.

The Spaniard crashed at high speed around the Circuit de Catalunya during the second pre-season test of the season, and was forced to miss the season opening Australian Grand Prix due to the risk of suffering a second concussion so soon after a first.

McLaren revealed Alonso has been at the team’s factory on Tuesday and will be driving the simulator on Wednesday with a tweet from their official Twitter account.

Alonso resumed his training last week, and should be come through the simulator session with no side effects will still need to pass final medical checks from both McLaren and the FIA before being allowed to race in Malaysia.

Test and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen replaced Alonso in Australia, but the young Dane was unable to take the start of the race when his engine failed on the way to the dummy grid.