McLaren ace Fernando Alonso will sit out this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix on medical grounds, following his monster crash in Australia two weeks ago.

Alonso ran into the back Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas which sent the McLaren hard into a concrete wall before launching into a high-flying roll. The car came to rest upside-down against a tyre barrier.

Despite enduring a 46G impact, the two-time champion quickly emerged from the wreckage seemingly unharmed and was later cleared by the circuit medical staff. However, a more thorough examination in Bahrain raised sufficient concerns that he has had to withdraw from Sunday’s race.

A statement from the FIA said: “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.”

In 2015, Alonso was unable to contest the season-opening Australian GP after suffering concussion in a testing crash.

McLaren’s reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne will stand in for Alonso in Bahrain, making his F1 race debut. The reigning GP2 Series champion has completed several days of testing with McLaren and has a strong record at the Sakhir circuitĀ in GP2, winning on each of his three visits there.

By Only Motors