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I slept badly and have sore ribs – Alonso

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McLaren's Fernando Alonso unfit to race at Bahrain GP after Australia crash

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso unfit to race at Bahrain GP after Australia crash [Images credit: McLaren-Honda F1 Team]

Double world champion Fernando Alonso will not race in this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix on medical grounds following his massive crash at the Australian GP earlier this month.

Alonso’s car slammed into the track wall in Melbourne at 200mph after colliding with Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas F1 car before somersault.

The wreckage landed upside down on the gravel — but although the Spaniard emerged uninjured, he has not recovered sufficiently to be able to take part in the race in Bahrain.

After that medical examination, while Alonso told reporters he feels “ok” and wants to race, the FIA revealed that the McLaren-Honda driver has been ruled out for Bahrain.

“Two sets of chest CT scans were compared and it was decided that there was insufficient resolution of the signs to allow him to compete on safety grounds,” spokesman Matteo Bonciani confirmed.

A day after the Melbourne crash, Alonso – wearing a bandage on his knee – had confided to the correspondent for the Swiss daily Blick: “I slept badly and have sore ribs.”

Earlier, Alonso said he was lucky to be alive, adding: “I am thankful to be here. It was a scary moment and a scary crash.

“When I stopped, I saw a little space to get out of the car and I went out quickly just to make sure that my mum, who was watching the race on TV at home, could see that I was OK.”

Writing on Twitter, he said he was “aware that today I spent some of the luck remaining in life.”

Alonso said of the accident: “You are just flying and then you see the sky, the ground, the sky, the ground.

“I didn’t know where I was because I was so far from the track. You want to stop, and it doesn’t stop. It keeps going and going and going.”

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