Fernando Alonso has been ruled out of this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix after undergoing a medical check-up following his accident in Australia two weeks ago.
Alonso walked away unharmed from a crash that destroyed the majority of his McLaren-Honda car, but was clearly shaken by the shunt.
The Spaniard was required to undergo a full medical check with the FIA doctors in Bahrain on Thursday, who deemed that he should take no part in this weekend’s race.
“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 Grand Prix,” a statement from the FIA reads.
“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 CT scan has been requested before the Chinese Grand Prix and the results will be considered before allowing him to race there.”
McLaren confirmed that reserve driver and 2015 GP2 champion Stoffel Vandoorne will deputize for Alonso, making his grand prix debut.
This marks the second time in just over a year that Alonso has missed a race on doctors’ advice, with the two-time champion also absent from the 2015 Australian Grand Prix following a mysterious testing crash.
Vandoorne has been pushing to get an F1 drive for some time, and is set to spend the majority of 2016 racing in the Japanese Super Formula series in tandem with his reserve role.
The Belgian has an impressive record at the Bahrain International Circuit, winning there on his GP2 debut in 2014 before taking another two victories in 2015 en route to the championship.