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Alonso ruled out of Bahrain Grand Prix on medical advice

The McLaren driver was involved in an horrific crash at the season opener in Australia and has been told not to race. Stoffel Vandoorne will stand in.

Fernando Alonso of Spain at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit.
Hasan JamaliAP


Fernando Alonso will not take part in this weekend's Grand Prix in Bahrain for medical reasons following his dramatic crash at the Australian GP.

"Following a decision by the FIA doctors, Fernando Alonso will not be participating in this weekend's 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix," McLaren said in a statement.

Stoffel Vandoorne will make his Formula 1 debut in place of Alonso. Belgian Vandoorne, last year's GP2 champion, is the Honda-powered team's official reserve driver.

The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement that the decision had been taken after a medical examination at the Sakhir circuit on Thursday.

"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," the statement said.


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