Alonso given green light to race in China


McLaren driver Fernando Alonso has been given the green light to race for the remainder of the Formula One weekend in China, the FIA confirmed. 

Alonso was ruled out of the Bahrain Grand Prix a fortnight ago after the two-time F1 world champion suffered a fractured rib in a terrifying crash at the season opener in Australia. 

The Spaniard was initially given a provisional clearance to compete in China pending further medical tests on Friday. 

And after guiding his McLaren to 12th after the first free practice session, Alonso was given the all clear to compete for the rest of the weekend in Shanghai. 

"As a result of a medical examination undertaken following free practice one, the FIA F1 medical delegate, Prof. Jean-Claude Piette, and the chief medical officer of the Chinese Grand Prix, Prof. Shiyi Chen, have ruled that Fernando Alonso is fit to take part in all remaining sessions this weekend," the FIA said in a statement.

"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 driver has been cleared to take part, no further medical checks will be undertaken unless the driver presents any abnormal symptom."

Alonso is a two-time winner at the Shanghai International Circuit and has competed in every Chinese Grand Prix since its introduction to the F1 calendar in 2004.