It won't be straight back to business for the two-time world champion, though. The team has also announced that its star driver won't be participating in the next test session, set to kick off tomorrow at the same track where Fernando crashed. Instead his wingman and fellow champ Jenson Button will proceed without him, joined instead by test/reserve driver Kevin Magnussen.
The young Danish driver was promoted straight to the race seat for last season in similar style to Lewis Hamilton, who had similarly leapfrogged the usual order of things: instead of starting as a test driver or driving for a lower team, both Hamilton and Magnussen were put directly in the hot seat at McLaren.
After winning the pivotal Formula Renault 3.5 series the previous season, Magnussen showed early promise when he scored a second-place finish on his race debut at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix, but proved unable to repeat the success and was relegated to test driver at the end of the season to make room for Alonso.