Alonso and Bottas cleared by FIA to race in Malaysia


Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas will both return to action in this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix after successfully recovering from their injuries.

After both drivers failed to take part in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago, they were required to pass an assessment from the FIA medical delegate upon arriving in Malaysia ahead of practice on Friday.

Alonso was rested for the first race of the season after an accident during pre-season testing that left him in hospital for three days, with his team, McLaren, claiming that he had been concussed following a sizeable impact with a concrete wall.

However, the FIA confirmed on Thursday that the Spaniard will return for this weekend’s race at the Sepang International Circuit after passing the final medical check.

“In accordance with normal procedures, McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso was this morning examined by the FIA Medical Delegate and Chief Medical Officer at the Sepang Circuit Medical Centre,” a statement read.

“During the examination the driver passed all mandatory fitness tests and has thus been declared fit to race in this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.”

Alonso will be joined on the grid by Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, who was forced to miss the Australian Grand Prix after sustaining a back injury during qualifying for the race.

“Following the injury that Valtteri sustained to his lower back during qualifying for the Australian GP, he has been with a leading physiotherapist who has been working with Valtteri and his trainer to make sure he received the best treatment possible ahead of this weekend’s race,” Williams said in a statement.

“The team has always been fully supportive of Valtteri and his determination to return to the cockpit and following final approval by the FIA medical team in Malaysia today, we are pleased to confirm that Valtteri will be back in the FW37 this weekend for the Malaysian Grand Prix.”

As a result, the grid will be back up to its full complement of drivers in Malaysia, although it remains to be seen whether Manor will be able to get out on track and qualify for the race after failing to do so in Australia.

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