Alonso Declared Provisionally Fit
Fernando Alonso has been ‘provisionally”’ cleared to race in this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, but the McLaren driver will need to pass a second medical test after first practice on Friday to check he has recovered from the injuries he sustained in a heavy crash during the Australian Grand Prix.
34-year-old Alonso was forced to miss the Bahrain Grand Prix after he failed to recover sufficiently from the horror accident, in which he suffered fractured ribs after hitting the back of Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas F1 before a nasty impact with the outside wall and flipping through the air and coming to rest upside down on a tyre barrier.
Stoffel Vandoorne, who stood in for Alonso in Bahrain and scored his first championship point in his debut, is again on stand-by in Shanghai, but it appears Alonso should be fit enough to return to the cockpit for this weekend’s Grand Prix.
A statement released by the FIA read: “Since the accident at the Australian Grand Prix, McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team driver Fernando Alonso has been undergoing the process of “Reintegration” in accordance with Chapter II of Appendix L of the International Sporting Code. McLaren Honda have applied for Alonso to participate in the 2016 Chinese Grand Prix.
“As the injury to the driver was discovered some days after the Australian GP, the Reintegration does not strictly fall within the text of the Appendix. Therefore, the Stewards have taken advice from the FIA Medical Delegate, who in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer [CMO] of the Chinese Grand Prix and the driver’s doctors advise that he considers the driver provisionally fit to take part in the event.