After being ruled out of the Bahrain Grand Prix on medical grounds, Fernando Alonso revealed in the Thursday press conference that he had a Pneumothorax and a broken rib.
Initially, he published an Instagram post saying that he understands the decision made by the FIA: “I tried until the last minute to race in Bahrain after the accident in Australia, have been hard days logically after such an impact, but until the last second I try 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 @svandoorne to make the most of the weekend. Thanks to everyone”
He went on to elaborate further on his injuries during the Thursday Press Conference in Bahrain, saying: “I have a broken rib and I’m in some pain so it’s not easy to sleep,
“I would like to sit in the car and see how is the pain in the car and enjoy driving the car. You understand this is motorsport, every time you step in the car it is a risk.”
He then continued, saying that in the days after the Australian Grand Prix, it was revealed that he had suffered a Pneumothorax (Air in the cavity between the chest walls and the lungs), saying: “To summarise a little, last week [in Australia] I was okay Sunday – some knee pain but not big things. I had the green light to leave the track and everything was okay,
“On Monday, a little of overall pain but nothing serious. I flew back, I arrived in Spain and the pain was similar or a bit worse so we did a proper check.
“I had a small pneumothorax on the lung, so we took the advice from the doctor to relax at home and make everything come to normal and we repeated the scan on Monday and the pneumothorax was gone, but we had some rib fractures. And because F1 is a very unique position in the car, and with the g-forces, there was a risk the fractures could move into the lung.
“It’s not like broken leg or arm where you can deal with the pain; it’s the chest where there are organs, so we cannot do much”
When asked further about his availability to race in China in a fortnight, his response was far from confident: “It is not 100 percent. So there will be another test. I need to do in the next eight to 10 days. After that test, the FIA will evaluate again as they did now.
“First of all is the safety – and hopefully everything is okay.”
He intentado hasta el último minuto correr en Bahréin después del accidente de Australia, han sido días duros lógicamente después de un impacto tan grande pero hasta el último segundo pensaba solo en ayudar al equipo después del trabajo increíble que han hecho esta semana. Entiendo la posición de los doctores de la FIA y ahora intentaré ayudar con todas mis fuerzas a mi compañero @svandoorne para sacar el máximo partido al fin de semana. Gracias a todos💪💪 I tried until the last minute to race in Bahrain after the accident in Australia, have been hard days logically after such an impact, but until the last second I try 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 @svandoorne to make the most of the weekend. Thanks to everyone 💪💪 #mclarenhonda #oneTeam
This is the second year running that Alonso has had to sit out an early Grand Prix, after he missed the opening round in 2015 due to a crash in testing.