There is no question that McLaren driver Fernando Alonso is determined to race again. As soon as the race weekend in Bahrain wrapped up, the two-time world champion immersed himself in rigorous training, doing as much as he can within the limits of what he’s allowed to do following his accident in Melbourne. And now, it remains to be seen if his efforts will pay off in time for the Chinese Grand Prix.
Whether he is ready to get back on track in time for the 2016 Pirelli Formula 1 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix, however, remains to be determined. Just like in Bahrain, Alonso would have to be checked by the FIA medical team. Hopefully, he’ll get a yes this time, instead of another disappointing no.
” It was disappointing to be told I couldn’t race in Bahrain, but I fully respected the decision of the FIA medical team,” said Alonso. Ahead of the race in China, Alonso said he is just “continuing to prepare for the race weekend as normal.” Nonetheless, he knows he won’t be able to get back into his car on Friday without an all-clear from the doctors.
As a precaution, McLaren has already decided to fly reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne along with the rest of the team. “Once again, Stoffel will be on standby until Fernando has his routine meeting with FIA doctors on Thursday, and until then we will be readying ourselves as normal,” explained McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier.
Ahead of the race weekend, Alonso said that the Chinese Grand Prix will be different from the one Formula 1 had in Bahrain. For one thing, the weather changes often, and fluctuating temperatures can significantly affect a car’s balance and set-up. Meanwhile, the Spaniard also noted that track temperatures in Shanghai are cooler than in Bahrain. This means it will be harder to keep in heat in the tires.