Alonso declared fit to race in Texas but skips media commitments
15 November, 2013
Fernando Alonso passed a final medical test at Austin on Thursday and was declared fit to race for Ferrari in this weekend’s United States Grand Prix.
The two-time World Champion has been dealing with back pain since bouncing on the Yas Marina kerbs two weeks ago during a battle for places at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The impact – which was measured at a staggering 25G – required precautionary hospital checks on the evening of the race.
He had further examinations afterwards before flying to the United States where the organisers’ rules required him to have a further check-up.
Following a series of tests, Alonso was given the all clear to race. After the examination he left the track to return to his hotel, skipping all media commitments.
Ferrari announced, “This morning (Thursday) Fernando Alonso underwent a medical examination, as requested by the FIA, following the accident in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, back on 3 November.”
“At the circuit Medical Centre, Dr. Steve Olvey, along with FIA medical delegates, carried out a series of precautionary checks, which all proved positive, thus leaving Fernando able to race this weekend.”
“However, as he is not yet in perfect shape, the team decided he should have a further day’s rest today so as to help his recovery as much as possible. The Spaniard will be on track tomorrow, starting with the first free practice session.” (AFP)
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