Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso will return to action in the Chinese GP this weekend after being cleared to participate following a medical approval by the F1’s governing body FIA. However Alonso driver will have to undergo further medical examinations after tomorrow’s first practice session to determine whether he can continue to take part in the Chinese racing event.
The two-time F1 world champion has also missed the Bahrain Grand Prix due to hairline fractures he sustained in his crash in Australia on March. Alonso has undergone medical checks in Shanghai, China to determine exactly whether he could still compete safely in the Chinese GP. Alonso will drive on Friday and then be assessed again by FIA doctors.
A recent statement issued by the F1 governing body, FIA, explained that Alonso has not yet been given full clearance to compete in China due to the specific circumstances around when the rib injury was first discovered.
While some issues with paperwork have delayed the approval of Alonso’s return, the FIA announced on Thursday that it was satisfied with the McLaren driver’s condition. According to FIA, Alonso is currently undergoing the process of “Reintegration” in accordance with Chapter II of Appendix L of the International Sporting Code.
This means that Fernando Alonso will be allowed to participate, subject to some provisions in the International Sporting Code.
Earlier reports said that If Alonso can’t race in China, he will again be replaced by McLaren’s reserve driver Stoffel Vandoone, which already 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. McLaren F1 team currently sits eighth in the constructors’ championship with a single point, which was scored by the team’s reserve drive and Alonso’s replacement Stoffel Vandoorne.
Speaking to the media before hearing from the FIA, The McLaren driver said he had fully recovered from the rib injuries he sustained in his crash in Australian Grand Prix on March.
“I feel good. I feel okay,” he said. “Honestly, in Bahrain I was mentally 100 percent ready to race, but physically I had a lot of pain in Bahrain and I was ready to try at least and see if the pain was manageable or not with the rib broken. Now the situation has improved a lot,” Alonso said in a statement, via the Motorsport.
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Watch the video below to learn more about Fernando Alonso’s crash in 2016 Australia Grand Prix: