Fernando Alonso has been cleared to drive in Friday’s first free practice session, although his participation through the weekend will be decided after further tests tomorrow.
After missing the Bahrain Grand Prix though the injuries sustained in Melbourne two weeks hense, Alonso had to undergo further tests before being alowed to drive this weekend. After a two hour wait after leaving the medical centre, it was announced he would be allowed to drive the car in practice before being given the OK for the rest of the weekend.
The statement from the FIA said, “Since the accident at the Australian Grand Prix, McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team driver Fernando Alonso has been undergoing the process of ‘reintegration’ in accordance with Chapter II of Appendix L of the International Sporting Code.
“McLaren Honda have applied for Alonso to participate in the 2016 Chinese Grand Prix.
“As the injury to the driver was discovered some days after the Australian Grand Prix, the reintegration does not strictly fall within the text of the Appendix.
“Therefore, the Stewards have taken advice from the FIA Medical Delegate (Jean-Charles Piette), who in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Chinese Grand Prix, and the driver’s doctors advise, that he considers the driver provisionally fit to take part in the event.
“Given the exceptional circumstances, and having heard from the team, the Stewards have decided to exempt the driver from strict compliance with Art. 3(b) of Chapter II of Appendix L, relying instead on Art. 3(a),which has been satisfied.
“Therefore driver Fernando Alonso will be allowed to participate, subject to the provision below.
“The driver has been given directions by the FIA Medical Delegate and CMO which he is to follow (Art. 12.1.1.i of the International Sporting Code.)
“Further, in accordance with Art. 22.14 of the Formula One Sporting Regulations, he is instructed by the FIA Medical Delegate and CMO to undergo a further examination immediately following FP1 to determine his further eligibility to take part in the remainder of the event.”
The team and Alonso himself even tried at the Bahrain race to get him in the car as he felt fit to drive, although that was ultimately stopped and Stoffel Vandoorne drove the car for the entire weekend.
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