'Tough' to miss Melbourne - Alonso

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Fernando Alonso admits it will be "tough" for him to miss the Australian Grand Prix after being ruled out on doctors' advice.

Following an accident during the second pre-season test which left him hospitalised for three days, Alonso was ruled out of the final four days of testing before today's announcement that he will not race at Melbourne. Taking to Twitter after it was confirmed he will miss the opening race, Alonso says he accepts the reasons for being cautious.

"It will be tough not to be in Australia, but I understand the recommendations," Alonso tweeted. "A second impact in less than 21 days 'NO'."

With Kevin Magnussen taking Alonso's place, the Spaniard also tweeted to the McLaren reserve driver to wish him well in the opening round.

Alonso aims to be back in the car for the second race of the season in Malaysia at the end of March.

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