There's also Button's fitness to consider too. I know he is one of if not the fittest driver on the grid due to his triathlons but 4 days of intense driving will take it out of you physically and mentally. Not exactly the best preparation for the 1st race of the season.
If McLaren feel they can get the data from kMag then why not use him.
I read in the paper that Alonso was to take 4 weeks off to recuperate. (From the head injury he doesn't have according to Ron).
If that is true then he will miss the first race. So KMag needs a bit of experience under his belt.
Incidentally telemetric data from his crash 's been made public and as it turned out he was actually travelling at 134mph when he lost the car, which is about normal speed t that corner.
So he wasn't actually going that slow at all when he crashed?
I agree with everything you've said, or I would agree if McLaren had undergone a normal testing program, but with all that has gone wrong during the Barcelona tests I would have thought that Buttons decades of experience would be invaluable. I honestly don't believe fitness would be an issue for any current driver. They obviously have their reasons and having a second drivers opinion may well be one of them.
I'm starting to think it'll be KMag in Aus and that it won't really bother Alonso that much. If the car is only going to last a few laps anyways he might as well rest up and make sure he is fully well again before he jumps in the car at Malaysia.
He's not going to miss much at this rate is he?
Of course if they stick it together with chewing gum and JB somehow drives through a crash wreckage to get a podium then that'll suck for him but I think the odds on that are currently quite small. I guess Red Bull did it last year though - although they had to break the rules to do it.