Alonso De­clared Pro­vi­sion­ally Fit

The Economic Times - - Sports - Jack de Menezes

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.

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