Fernando Alonso passes final medical check in China

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Fernando Alonso will take full part in this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix after passing a fitness test following practice in Shanghai on Friday morning.

Alonso was forced to miss the Bahrain Grand Prix two weeks ago after being deemed unfit by the FIA doctors following a sizeable shunt at the season opener in Australia.

The Spaniard sustained a fractured rib and a small lung collapse in the accident, but arrived in China this weekend saying he felt “physically 100%” and ready to race.

The stewards in China provisionally permitted him to race on the condition that he underwent a further fitness test after the first practice session on Friday morning.

Alonso emerged from the medical centre soon after practice with a smile and gave a thumbs up to the onlooking media, with confirmation of his fitness soon following from the FIA.

“As a result of the medical examination undertaken following Free Practice One, the FIA F1 Medical Delegate Prof. Jean-Charles Piette, and the Chief Medical Officer of the Chiense Grand Prix, Prof. Shiyi Chen, have ruled that Fernando Alonso is fit to take part in all remaining sessions this weekend,” a statement read.

“However, as with this morning’s session, in case of any abnormal symptoms the driver has been informed that he must stop his car immediately.

“As the drier has been cleared to take part, no further medical checks will be undertaken unless the driver presents any abnormal symptom or incident.”