Alonso still in doubt for China

Alonso still in doubt for China

Fernando Alonso could sit out the Chinese Grand Prix as the McLaren driver continued to recover from the injuries sustained in his race ending Australian Grand Prix crash.

The Spaniard was forced out of the Bahrain Grand Prix when chest scans taken at the circuit revealed he had cracked ribs in the Melbourne impact.

Alonso initially accepted the FIA’s decision not to allow him to race, only to please with officials to allow him in the car later in the weekend.

Those pleas were denied and Alonso’s place was filled by the squad’s reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne - the Belgian youngster scoring McLaren’s first points of the season in his debut grand prix.

However despite the break between the Bahrain and Chinese Grands Prix there remain no certainties that Alonso will return.

“While I hope I’ll be back in the cockpit on Friday, until I get the all-clear from the doctors to race – whenever that may be – we cannot assume anything, but I’m continuing to prepare for the race weekend as normal,” Alonso confessed.

“Stoffel did a great job in Bahrain,” added the former two-time world champion, “and although Jenson (Button) suffered reliability issues, it was positive to see that both cars ran quite strongly during the weekend.”

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