McLaren’s Fernando Alonso is unsure of racing in China next month, having already been ruled out of this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix on safety grounds.
Alonso sustained a major crash at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, with his car flipping multiple times following contact with Esteban Gutierrez.
While it initially appeared that Alonso had emerged unscatched from the incident, it was later revealed that Spaniard had broken a rib.
Asked whether he would be fit enough to race in Shanghai, the 34-year old was unsure, saying the decision would be made after further medical tests.
"It’s not 100 percent, it will be another test I need to do in the next eight or 10 days,’’ he said.
"After that test the FIA will evaluate again as they did now. First of all is the safety."
Alonso says although he understands FIA’s decision to not allow him to race in Bahrain, he would have preferred to be in the driving seat this weekend.
"I tried until the last minute to race in Bahrain after the accident in Australia," he said on photo-sharing site Instagram.
"[It's] been hard days logically after such an impact, but until the last second I tried to race to help the team after the incredible work they have done this week.
"I understand the position of the FIA doctors and now I will try to help my teammate [Vandoorne] to make the most of the weekend."
by Rachit Thukral