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Alonso back in training ahead of Chinese GP

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Fernando Alonso returned to training earlier this week as he bids to regain fitness ahead of the next Formula 1 race in China.

Alonso was forced to miss last weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix after suffering a fractured rib in a sizeable crash at the season-opener in Australia.

The Spaniard did push to race, only for the FIA doctors at the Bahrain International Circuit to prevent him from taking part in the weekend.

Alonso admitted ahead of the race that he was not 100% sure he would be fit to race in China, with his participation hinging on another check-up with the doctors on the Thursday before the grand prix.

In a post on his Twitter and Instagram accounts on Wednesday, Alonso showed himself back in training.

“Return to the training, in the next few days I hope to do also cycling and swim. Step by step,” Alonso captioned the image.

Should Alonso be ruled out of the race in China, his place will once again be taken by McLaren reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne, who scored a point on debut in Bahrain by finishing 10th.

The Chinese Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 1:30am ET on April 17.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.