The suspicion is Alonso has broken or cracked ribs which will put him under pressure to be recovered in time for the next race up in China too.
McLaren F1 have just confirmed, 2015 GP2 champion Stoffel Vandoorne with replace Fernando Alonso for the Bahrain GP weekend. “McLaren-Honda reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne will be in Bahrain on Friday morning ready to deputise,” the team announced on Twitter. “Following any on-track incident, we will always abide by the FIA doctors’ decisions.”
Alonso suffered a spectacular crash in the season opener in Australia and was forced to report to the medical centre at the Sakhir Circuit this morning for a check up before being cleared to drive this weekend. A statement from the FIA just posted reads:-
It appears McLaren were hopeful that Alonso would be fit, given that Vandoorne was sent back to Japan for Super Formula testing, after spending the Easter weekend back in London. Vandoorne qualifies for an F1 super license having won the GP2 championship last year and having secured mileage under his belt during an Pirelli test following the 2015 Abu Dhabi GP.
— Stoffel Vandoorne (@svandoorne) March 28, 2016
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