After his high speed accident in Australia, it has been confirmed today that Fernando Alonso will sit out the Bahrain GP this weekend due to medical concerns.
Although the Spaniard was cleared and seen walking around the paddock as well as giving interviews after his incident with Esteban Gutierrez in Australia, he underwent further tests in the Bahrain medical centre today.
A subsequent statement released by the FIA read: “Following an examination undertaken this morning at the Bahrain International Circuit 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 on safety grounds 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.”
Following the FIA statement, Mclaren revealed that Stoffel Vandoorne will be making his grand prix debut in Bahrain as the teams official reserve driver.
“Following any on-track incident, we will always abide by the FIA doctors’ decisions” said the team on their website, “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.”