Alonso cleared to race in China by FIA doctors

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Fernando Alonso has been given the green light to race in this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix by the FIA doctors.

Alonso was forced to miss the Bahrain Grand Prix two weeks ago after suffering a fractured rib and a small lung collapse in an accident at the Formula 1 season-opener in Australia.

The Spaniard and his McLaren team lobbied to race in spite of the FIA doctors’ call but were refused, paving the way for reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne to make his F1 debut.

Alonso said in Bahrain that he was not 100% sure that he would be fit for China, but returned to training last week in a bid to be ready for this weekend’s race.

Late on Thursday in Shanghai, it was confirmed that Alonso had been given the go-ahead by the FIA doctors to race in China this weekend.

However, the Spaniard will have to undergo another medical test on Friday following the first practice session.

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