Following his concussion in the curse of a testing accident, there is wide speculation as to whether Fernando Alonso will be back on his feet in time to make the entrance for the Malaysian GP. Alonso had an unfortunate accident in the course of testing, and though reports in Spain indicate that he passed the medicals at Cambridge, there is still time on the clock for the FIA to assess whether or not he will be allowed to proceed.
Fans and enthusiasts all over would love nothing better than to see Alonso in Malaysia next weekend. However, all this will only be possible if the FIA doctors are convinced that he can actually make it. Before getting in for the first practice, he will be put through a number of tests, the prominent of which will require him to evacuate the cockpit in 5 seconds, something which is more of a formality as at this point. Once the technical staff and FIA doctors are convinced, he can then be allowed to participate.
Should Alonso be in participation, McLaren and Honda will be under a lot of pressure, considering that their season started rather sluggish. They will be battling against time, to enhance performance and guarantee reliability on Alonso through the season.
While he was away, Kevin Magnussen was selected as a replacement to partner Jenson Button, and the mismatch was evident as they struggled through Melbourne. Getting him back on schedule is therefore top priority especially for Honda who are keen on getting their F1 challenge back on track.
For them to get the proper mileage in the first race, they had to get their engine turned down. Either way, Button still managed 288 km/h, which was 14 km/h lower than the Mercedes and 21 km/h lower than the Sauber. It will be amazing for the team if they can get Alonso back, considering that he understood the design better, especially having tried it out before the beginning of the season.
The challenge for Honda however, starts from the fact that they have one of the prized assets in the world in Alonso, but he is struggling. When you have a two time world champion struggling for form and having a hard time making it through the qualifying session, you have to fear for the worst.
The worst or the best is yet to come so far, and fans all over the world will be looking to the team to pull together and bring in good results.