Fernando Alonso is unable to perform at Bahrain Grand Prix after his medical condition deteriorated. He failed a medical test on Thursday at Bahrain’s Sakhir Circuit.
The 34-year old F1 driver is suspected of a punctured lung. If the diagnosis is confirmed by future medical examinations, he will be unable to participate in the next race in China.
His place in the Bahrain Grand Prix was taken by the reserve driver, the Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne.
Though Alonso received the all-clear in Melbourne, his condition deteriorated after the terrible crash he suffered at Albert Park. He declared that though he was feeling well on Sunday, on Monday he felt a slightly overall pain that intensified a bit when he arrived in Spain.
When asked about his medical condition, the F1 driver said: “I had a small pneumothorax [abnormal collection of air] on the lung so we took the advice from the doctors to relax at home and make everything normal. We repeated the scan last Monday. The pneumothorax was gone, more or less, but I have some rib fractures. I’m a little bit sad but it’s the only way to go.”
To confirm the new diagnosis, the Spaniard will take another test in eight to ten days. The results will reveal if he is ready or not for the Chinese Grand Prix.