According to an earlier report by USA Today, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso will miss the Bahrain Grand Prix and the upcoming China Grand Prix due to sustained injury he got during his crash at the Australian Grand Prix.
But the two-time world champion is now back on training to prove his fitness for the upcoming Chinese Grand Prix.
The two-time world champion has sustained fractured ribs when his car was sent into a terrifying barrel roll after he clipped Haas’ Esteban Gutierrez at close to 200 mph on lap 17 of the 57-lap season-opener in the Australia Grand Prix.
Despite of the horrible incident, Alonso has managed to crawl from the wreckage before walking away unaided, but he sustained fractured ribs.
The 34-year-old McLaren has been ruled out of the last race in Bahrain Grand Prix on safety grounds after the FIA declared him “medically unfit” following his dramatic, death-defying crash at the action-packed Australian GP in Melbourne, Australia.
Alonso will have to undergo strenuous tests to prove his fitness and ready his body for the Chinese Grand Prix.
“Return to the training. In the next few days I hope to do also cycling and swim. Step by step,” Fernando Alonso, the 34-year-old double world champion said in a statement, via the GP Today.
Alonso’s participation in the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai next week will be dependent on the outcome of an FIA medical test.
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier hopes that Alonso will be given the green light to race in China Grand Prix.
“Obviously he is going to go through scans, and then the FIA will inspect them and decide ‘yes or no,” Eric Boullier said in a statement, via the GP Today.
Alonso watched the Bahrain Grand Prix from the sidelines. He was replaced by McLaren’s reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne, who makes his F1 debut.
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Watch the video below to learn more about Fernando Alonso’s crash in 2016 Australia Grand Prix: