The FIA stewards have given McLaren driver Fernando Alonso their go ahead to race this weekend at the Shanghai circuit, after undergoing the process they call “reintegration.” He is allowed to race in the weekend ahead providing he passes a further test following first practice to ensure he is fully fit. The Spaniard was forced to sit out the last race in Bahrain due to rib injuries sustained at the first round in Australia, and he was replaced by rookie Stoffel Vandoorne.
As well as dealing with getting back to full fitness, Alonso also had to battle paperwork, as a late arrival on some Spanish motorsport federation medical certificates meant the FIA decision came very late in the build up to the weekend.
But Alonso is ready, he says: “In Bahrain, I was mentally 100% ready to race but I had a lot of pain. The situation has improved a lot and mentally I am 120% now but physically I am 100% with no pain in the last couple of days.”
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References Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne
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