Two-time F1 World champion Fernando Alonso has been ruled out of the Bahrain Grand Prix after being declared unfit to race by FIA doctors.
Alonso, 34, suffered a massive collision in the season-opening Melbourne Grand Prix just two weeks ago, after a making tyre contact between his own Mclaren and the Haas of Esteban Gutierrez.
Despite the Spaniard's on-board sensors having registered a peak force of 47G's on the former World champion, Alonso managed to escape unscathed from his brutal crash, and was reportedly keen to race again in Bahrain.
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Following a full examination by FIA doctors at Bahrain's medical centre however, the decision was made that Alonso had made an insufficient recovery on the minor chest injuries suffered during his collision.
With Alonso now ruled out, Mclaren have called up reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne, who is the current reigning GP2 champion.
Scheduled to fly out to Bahrain on Friday as part of his reserve driver duties, Vandoorne's flight has been brought forward so he can be brought up to speed.
The Belgian driver had previously been testing in Japan, ahead of the upcoming Super Formula season.
Alonso's injuries will come as a blow to Mclaren, who have been looking to move on from the disappointment of last season by getting some early points on the board.
The Spaniard had previously stated that prior to the crash the car had felt vastly improved from the conclusion of last season, and was hoping that the team could kick on this year and target podium finishes one again.