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Chinese GP: Fernando Alonso given provisional clearance to race in China

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Alonso was forced to sit out the last race in Bahrain on doctors orders after he failed a medical.

Formula One - Bahrain Grand Prix - Sakhir, Bahrain - 31/03/16 - McLaren Honda Formula One driver, Fernando Alonso of Spain, listens to a journalist during the drivers press conference ahead of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
McLaren Honda Formula One driver, Fernando Alonso of Spain, listens to a journalist during the drivers press conference ahead of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso, who fractured ribs in the Formula One season's first race, has been given provisional clearance to race in Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, the governing International Automobile Federation said on Thursday.

The FIA said in a statement after the Spaniard had a medical at the Shanghai track that he would have a further examination immediately after Friday's first free practice session "to determine his further eligibility."

Alonso was forced to sit out the last race in Bahrain on doctors’ orders after he failed a medical following an horrific accident in the Australian Grand Prix that left him with fractured ribs. The double world champion was replaced by Belgian reserve Stoffel Vandoorne in Bahrain.


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