March 12, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) FIA race director Charlie Whiting says Formula One's governing body has no deadline on completion of an investigation into the cause and effects of Fernando Alonso's accident in preseason testing which has forced him to miss this weekend's season-opening race.

Alonso's McLaren team says the Spaniard suffered concussion and will skip the Australian Grand Prix to prevent the risk of serious secondary concussion in Melbourne.

Alonso's lengthy hospital treatment and the seemingly minor impact of the crash prompted speculation that there was more to the incident than just concussion, with concerns he may have suffered an electrical shock due to a malfunction with the new Honda hybrid engine.

Whiting said Thursday the investigation has questioned the team and hospital staff, and ''we can't put a time frame on it.''

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