Alonso ruled out of Bahrain Grand Prix by FIA

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Fernando Alonso has been ruled out of the Bahrain Grand Prix on medical grounds after his crash in Australia.

The Spaniard had to undergo a medical examination at the Bahrain International Circuit on Thursday morning, with the FIA ruling he has not recovered sufficiently from his heavy crash in Melbourne to be cleared to race.

"Following an examination undertaken this morning at the Bahrain International Circuit Medical Centre, it has been decided that McLaren Honda F1 Team driver Fernando Alonso should not take part in this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix," an FIA statement read.

"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.

"A repeat chest scan has been requested before the Chinese Grand Prix and the results will be considered before allowing him to race there."

It marks the second time in two seasons that Alonso has missed a grand prix on medical advice, having not taken part in last year's Australian Grand Prix after a crash in pre-season testing.

McLaren reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne is set to race in Alonso's place in Bahrain.

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