McLaren driver Fernando Alonso has been banned from racing at the Bahrain Grand Prix after failing medical tests.
Alonso who crashed at 200mph and 46g at the Australian Grand Prix, with his McLaren car barell rolling twice before hitting the tyre wall.Although he walked out of the car unaided, he later complained of little more than bruised knees and ribs.He was then given green light by the FIA doctor in Australia to travel to Bahrain but on a later examination in Bahrain,the decision was overturned and his place will be taken by a MClaren debutant,reserve driver, Stoffel Vandornne.
A statement from the FIA said: ‘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 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.’
Its the second time in just over a year Alonso has been forced to miss a Grand Prix, after also crashing his car in a pre-season which made him miss the Australian Grand Prix last year.