Alonso: I missed my car


After missing out on the Bahrain Grand Prix due to injury, McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso was delighted that he has been given the all clear to race in Shanghai…

Alonso, who was diagnosed with a fractured rib after his horrific crash with Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez at the Australia GP, was confirmed to race in Shanghai between the first and second practice session.

"I felt good," the Spaniard told "I missed the car a lot in the last 26 days so I'm happy to be back.

"There is still a little bit of pain because the rib is not completely recovered. The ribs are still a bit fractured but that is normal. It's also a circuit with a lot of long right corners, which is not a good combination.

"But it's manageable, the pain, and there is not other risk this time to be in the car so that is the positive thing.

"I do not wear anything extra, I just try to be a bit more careful with movements I do when I sit in the car and jump out.

"Thursday was more about the scans and tests I did in Europe, that they need to see the images and check inside your body to see how the situation is.

"Friday, it was just normal checks where they check blood pressure, your capacity to breathe and after being in the car check everything was normal. It was just five minutes."