Alonso cleared for FP1 in China

Date published: April 14 2016 - Editor

Fernando Alonso will be back in the MP4-31 in China after passing the FIA’s medical tests on Thursday.

The double World Champion suffered a pneumothorax and fractured ribs when he crashed at high-speed at the Australian Grand Prix.

His attempts to race in Bahrain were quashed by the FIA doctors, who sidelined him despite private doctors giving him the go-ahead.

As such Alonso had to undergo another medical in the build-up to the Chinese GP and this time he was given the go-ahead to compete.

The Spaniard, though, has only been cleared to drive in Friday’s first practice after which more test will be done.

The FIA statement read: “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.

“Given the exceptional circumstances, and having heard from the team, the Stewards have decided to exempt the driver from strict compliance with Art. 3(b) of Chapter II of Appendix L, relying instead on Art. 3(a) which has been satisfied.

“Therefore driver Fernando Alonso will be allowed to participate, subject to the provision below.

“The driver has been given directions by the FIA Medical Delegate and CMO which he is to follow (Art. 12.1.1.i of the International Sporting Code.

“Further, in accordance with Art. 22.14 of the Formula One Sporting Regulations, he is instructed by the FIA Medical Delegate and CMO to undergo a further examination immediately following FP1 to determine his further eligibility to take part in the remainder of the Event.”

Alonso is well aware that he may not feel fit enough to drive after spending some time in the car.

He told reporters at the Shanghai circuit: “Even if I have the green light, tomorrow in the car I feel that I’m not 100 per cent, because it’s a unique position with G-Forces and many things going on, I will be the first not to race because the priority is to score points and to be 100 per cent in the race.”