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Alonso declared unfit to race

Sky Sports Sky Sports 31/03/2016

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Fernando Alonso has been declared unfit to drive at the Bahrain GP by FIA doctors following his crash at the season-opening Australian GP. 

The Spaniard had a huge accident in Melbourne where his car barrel rolled through the Turn Three gravel trap after colliding with the Haas of Esteban Gutierrez. The sensors on-board the McLaren are reported to have recorded a peak force of 47G.

Alonso appeared to slightly limp as he visited the Bahrain International Circuit's medical centre on Thursday morning where his condition was assessed ahead of the weekend's running.

"Following an examination undertaken this morning at the Bahrain International Circuit Medical Centre, it has been decided that McLaren Honda F1 Team driver Fernando Alonso should not take part in this weekend's Bahrain GP," read an FIA statement.

"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.

"A repeat chest scan has been requested before the Chinese Grand Prix and the results will be considered before allowing him to race there."

The two-time world champion's place will be taken by reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne who is the reigning GP2 champion.

Vandoorne had been testing in Japan ahead of the Super Formula season and is flying to Bahrain. He had already been due to fly to Bahrain on Friday to serve as reserve driver for the weekend.

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