Date: 31st March 2016 at 1:37pm
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Following medical checks earlier today Fernando Alonso has not been cleared to take part in this weekends Bahrain Grand Prix.

The two-time Formula One World Champion was involved in a massive crash during the opening race of the 2016 season in Australia.

At high speed Alonso crashed into the back of the Haas of Esteban Gutierrez, Alonso’s McLaren slammed into the wall before barrel rolling through the gravel trap completely destroying Alonso’s car.

The Spaniard made a quick escape from his car which had landed upside down and was seen bending over, hands on knees clearly winded following the impact.

He had not suffered any injuries, but following a 90 minute visit to the Bahrain medical centre it was announced that after looking at chest CT scans he would not take part this weekend.

‘Two sets of chest CT scans were compared and it was decided on safety grounds 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.’
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Following the announcement, Alonso made a statement on his Instagram account, he said: ‘I tried until the last minute to race in Bahrain after the accident in Australia, [It’s] been hard days logically after such an impact, but until the last second I tried to race to help the team after the incredible work they have done this week.

‘I understand the position of the FIA doctors and now I will try to help my teammate [Vandoorne] to make the most of the weekend.’

McLaren Honda’s reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne will step in to partner Jenson Button in Alonso’s absence.