Governing body FIA has cleared Fernando Alonso to return to race at the Chinese Grand Prix, but the Spaniard must faces another medical examination after the Friday opening practice session.
After a long wait for news following his meeting with FIA doctors, it was announced the Spaniard can test his recovery from chest injuries in Friday practice.
The McLaren-Honda will then be examined again after the first session to “determine his further eligibility to take part in the remainder of the event”, the FIA declared.
In a complex statement, it was explained Alonso is undergoing a process of “reintegration” according to the regulations, meaning he is only “provisionally fit” for now.
Full FIA statement:
“Since the accident at the Australian Grand Prix, McLaren driver Fernando Alonso has been undergoing the process of ‘Reintegration’ in accordance with Chapter II of Appendix L of the International Sporting Code.
“McLaren Honda have applied for Alonso to participate in the 2016 Chinese Grand Prix.
“As the injury to the driver was discovered some days after the Australian Grand Prix, the Reintegration does not strictly fall within the text of the Appendix.
“Therefore, the Stewards have taken advice from the FIA Medical Delegate, who in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Chinese Grand Prix and the driver’s doctors advise that he considers the driver provisionally fit to take part in the event.
“Given the exceptional circumstances, and having heard from the team, the Stewards have decided to exempt the driver from strict compliance with Art. 3(b) of Chapter II of Appendix L, relying instead on Art. 3(a) which has been satisfied.
“Therefore driver Fernando Alonso will be allowed to participate, subject to the provision below:
“The driver has been given directions by the FIA Medical Delegate and CMO which he is to follow (Art. 12.1.1.i of the International Sporting Code.) Further, in accordance with Art. 22.14 of the Formula One Sporting Regulations, he is instructed by the FIA Medical Delegate and CMO to undergo a further examination immediately following FP1 to determine his further eligibility to take part in the remainder of the Event.”
Alonso earlier told Spanish reporters that he wanted the chance to prove his fitness in Friday practice.
“It is difficult to compare F1 with another sport because of the sitting position and the G-forces, but I have been in the gym and on the treadmill. I hope to be 100 per cent when I get in the car,” he said.
“I think it would be normal to let me do the first practice and then do a double-check to see if I have pain or if the rib is completely healed,” Alonso added.