Fernando Alonso is still not sure whether he will race in the Chinese Grand Prix. McLaren said that they “cannot assume anything” until the FIA doctors have given him the go signal to race.
“It was disappointing to be told I couldn’t race in Bahrain, but I fully respected the decision of the FIA medical team,” said McLaren driver Fernando Alonso in a team preview on Tuesday, via the Motorsport.
The McLaren driver was ruled out of the last race in Bahrain because of the rib injuries he sustained in the horrible accident at the season-opening in Australia Grand Prix.
The FIA, the F1’s governing body, deemed that Alonso had not yet recovered fully from the lung and rib injuries sustained in the accident. As a result, Alonso has been unable to do his normal full training programme in the two-week gap between Bahrain and China.
McLaren said that If Alonso can’t race in China, he will again be replaced by McLaren’s reserve driver Stoffel Vandoone, which already is on standby mode. The 24-year-old Belgian driver made a very impressive debut in Bahrain by out-qualifying team-mate Jenson Button, scoring a point for 10th place.
Alonso, who has been in China since Monday, will undergo further medical tests on Thursday. He will be examined by FIA’s medical team on his arrival at the Shanghai track on Thursday.
Reports said that McLaren boss Ron Dennis has questioned the FIA’s refusal to consider a new CT scan that he hoped would clear Alonso to drive in the Chinese Grand Prix.
Alonso was replaced by the Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne in the Chinese Grand Prix. The Belgian enjoyed a very impressive debut in Bahrain Grand Prix, scoring the first point for the McLaren team this season with a 10-place finish.
McLaren has already confirmed that that Stoffel Vandoone, which has traveled to Shanghai on Tuesday on the same plane as McLaren boss Eric Boullier, is on standby to drive in the Chinese Grand Prix, pending an FIA medical check for Fernando Alonso on Thursday.
“Once again, Stoffel will be on standby until Fernando has his routine meeting with FIA doctors on Thursday,” said MCLaren Boss Eric Boullier, via the Fox Sports. “And until then we will be readying ourselves as normal. Fernando has been recuperating at home and training as usual, and we, like him, hope to see him back in the car. We’ll accept the outcome — whatever that may be — and plan accordingly.”
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Watch the video below to learn more about Fernando Alonso’s crash in 2016 Australia Grand Prix: