Alonso Skips Bahrain GP Owing To Broken Rib & Lung Injuries

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Fernando Alonso was involved in one of the biggest accidents in the modern era of Formula One. The Spaniard was quick to get out of his vehicle, displaying to all that he did not sustain any major injuries. Now eleven days post the Australian GP, Alonso confirms he will not compete in Bahrain.

Alonso has now shared the extent of his injuries that were sustained at the Australian GP. He has suffered a fractured rib, along with a collapsed lung. A medical evaluation prior to the Bahrain GP, confirmed the severity of his injuries, thus ruling him out of action.

Stoffel Vandoorne will take Fernando Alonso's place in the McLaren team. Unfortunately, Alonso also confirms that he does not know when he could possibly return. The Chinese GP is scheduled for within two weeks and the Spaniard is not so confident that he would be deemed fit to race.

Two-time Formula One Champion, Alonso was keen to race and believes such risks should be taken. Alonso explains if it was a broken leg or arm, he would have raced. Unfortunately, the injuries he sustained could puncture his lungs, which could be fatal.

Fernando Alonso confirmed that he would stay in Bahrain and help McLaren engineers. The Spaniard will help Stoffel Vandoorne in getting acclaimed with the MP4-31 race machine. Alonso also decided to study his vehicle from outside at the Bahrain GP.

Story first published: Friday, April 1, 2016, 9:54 [IST]
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