Fernando Alonso will not contest this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix having been ruled out by the FIA’s doctors due to injuries to his chest.
The double World Champion underwent a medical at the Sakhir circuit on Thursday to determine whether he was fit to race following his horrific Australian GP crash.
The FIA revealed that he had not passed the examine, citing injuries that the Spaniard had sufferd to his chest as the reason.
The FIA statement said: “Following an examination undertaken this morning at the Bahrain International Medical Centre it has been decided that McLaren Honda F1 team driver Fernando Alonso should not take part in this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
“Two sets of chest CT scans were compared and it was decided that there was insufficient resolution of the signs to allow him to compete on safety grounds.
“A repeat chest scan has been requested before the Chinese Grand Prix and the results will be considered before allowing him to race there.”
Although disappointed not be competing at the Sakhir circuit, the McLaren driver says he understands the FIA’s decision.
“I tried until the last minute to race in Bahrain after the accident in Australia,” he wrote on his Instagram account.
“[It has] been hard days logically after such an impact, but until the last second I tried to race to help the team after the incredible work they have done this week.
“I understand the position of the FIA doctors and now I will try to help my teammate Vandoorne to make the most of the weekend.”
McLaren have announced that test driver Stoffel Vandoorne will therefore make his Formula 1 debut this weekend.
“Following a decision by the FIA doctors, Fernando Alonso will not be participating in this weekend’s 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix,” said the team’s statement.
“Following any on-track incident, we will always abide by the FIA doctors’ decisions.
“As usual, McLaren Honda reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne will be on hand on Friday morning and will make his Formula 1 debut in place of Fernando.”
Vandoorne, the reigning GP2 Champion, is expected to arrive at the Sakhir circuit on Friday morning.