Fernando Alonso has been declared unfit to compete in the Bahrain Grand Prix after his heavy crash at the Australian Grand Prix earlier this month.

Alonso had initially been cleared of any immediate threat following his accident with Haas’ Esteban Gutierrez, although following a more rigorous medical exam at Bahrian’s Sahkir circuit which lasted 90 minutes on Thursday, he was ruled out of racing this weekend.

“Following an examination undertaken this morning at the Bahrain International Circuit Medical Centre, it has been decided that McLaren-Honda F1 Team driver Fernando Alonso should not take part in this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix,” a statement from the FIA read.

“Two sets of chest CT scans were compared and it was decide that there was insufficient resolution of the signs to allow him to compete on safety grounds.

“A repeat chest scan has been requested before the Chinese Grand Prix and the results will be considered before allowing him to race there.”

McLaren’s reserve driver, and reigning GP2 champion Stoffel Vandoorne will make his Formula 1 debut in the Spaniards place.

Vandoorne had been testing Super Formula this week in Japan, and is now on his way to Bahrain to step in for Alonso. The Belgian is no stranger to the Sakhir circuit, having won on his GP2 debut in 2014, then again in his championship year in 2015.

Image via GP2 Series Media

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