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Alonso should recover to race in Melbourne GP – Dennis

McLaren expect Fernando Alonso to recover from Sunday's crash in time to race in the season-opening F1 Australian Grand Prix on March 15.

Fernando Alonso waves to fans as he leaves hospital. Credit: REUTERS/Albert Gea

The Spanish driver was released on Wednesday from a hospital in Barcelona having spent three days under observation after crashing his McLaren in pre-season testing in the Circuit de Catalunya.

"I can categorically confirm that he has no lesion and that he wasn't electrocuted," McLaren chairman Ron Dennis said on Thursday, as reported in Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

"There's no sign that Alonso's brain is damaged.

"Alonso is physically well and I see no reason why Fernando can't be in Melbourne, but I'm not a doctor.

"Fernando wanted to return to testing but the doctors have told him that if he wanted to be certain, he needed to rest and have medical follow-ups."

Alonso manager tweets photo of driver in hospital

Fernando Alonso has thanked the general public for their support after he was involved in a crash during testing on Sunday.

Alonso's McLaren-Honda car hit a wall at a track in Catalonia. The Spaniard was airlifted to hospital, but his injuries seem relatively minor.

Alonso 'doing well' but will spend another day in hospital

Fernando Alonso is currently recovering from his weekend's crash in hospital and is 'doing well' according to his manager.

The Spanish driver hit a wall during testing of his McLaren-Honda at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday, but has avoided serious injury.

Fernando Alonso was doing testing in Spain. Credit: PA

"He is well and I don't think there will any problems," Luis Garcia Abad said.

"The impact was quite strong but fortunately, it was nothing. He was conscious and able to speak.

"He was taken to hospital as a precaution and they have done all the necessary tests, which have all come out well.

"But he will need to spend another 24 hours under observation. The tests will be repeated on Monday."


Mercedes hopeful of new Hamilton deal

Lewis Hamilton is likely to stay with Mercedes. Credit: PA

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolf is confident of tying Lewis Hamilton down to a new deal before the start of the new season.

Despite Wolf's hopeful nature, he isn't set to give the Formula One champion an deadline for him to sign.

It is always beneficial you have a clear situation, for the driver and ourselves.

That is the best case, but you want to get it right as well, so it needs time.

There is no reason for us to believe it is not going to go in the way we think is right, and Lewis thinks is right.

Therefore we should aim to finish the discussions before the start of the season.

But this is not a deadline we have set ourselves because the moment you set deadlines you put yourself under pressure, and we don't want to put him or us under pressure.

– Tino Wolf speaking to Press Association Sport.

Marussia in talks over Formula One return

Marussia are in talks with a potential buyer. Credit: PA

An auction into Marussia's remaining assets has been cancelled with the team understood to be involved in advanced talks with a potential buyer.

Birmingham-based GA European Valuations (GAEV) conducted one auction in mid-December when minor items such as steering wheels, manufacturing and office equipment and drivers' race suits were sold.

That followed the team falling into administration in October with debts of around £60million, resulting in them missing the final three grands prix of last season.

However, work has been ongoing behind the scenes in a bid to get the team on the grid for this season, albeit with a deadline of Wednesday fast approaching.

Hockenheim to host German Grand Prix

Hockenheim will host this year's German Grand Prix instead of alternating with the Nurburgring, Formula One's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone told Reuters on Thursday.

"It's going to be at Hockenheim, we're in the middle of doing something with them. It can't be Nurburgring because there's nobody there," said the 84-year-old Briton.

Hockenheim hosted last year's German race under an agreement to alternate with the Nurburgring, which is under new ownership.

The 2015 calendar does not currently specify a venue for the July 29 race, however.

"We've got a contract in place (with Hockenheim), we just have to amend the years of the contract. It was alternating with Nurburgring so we'll just take that out," said Ecclestone. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Justin Palmer)

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