Alonso admits to 'manageable pain' on return to track action

Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:03am EDT
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By Abhishek Takle

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso, who fractured his ribs in an accident in last month’s season-opener in Australia, admitted to feeling “a little bit of pain” on his return to track action on the opening day of practice for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix.

Alonso, who sat out the last race in Bahrain on doctors’ orders, was cleared to drive in Friday’s opening session following a medical test at the Shanghai circuit on Thursday.

He was subsequently cleared to participate for the rest of the weekend after another round of tests following that session.

“I felt good,” Alonso told reporters of his first day back.

“A little bit of pain, no surprises there, the rib is still a little bit fractured so that’s normal.

“But this is manageable, the pain,” he said

Alonso’s accident in the March 20 season-opener in Melbourne, in which his McLaren barrel-rolled through the air before coming to rest upside down against a barrier in a mangled heap, left him with fractured ribs and the risk of a collapsed lung.

The Spaniard, twice a winner in China and one of only two drivers to have finished every Chinese Grand Prix since the race appeared on the calendar, had told reporters on Thursday that he had resumed his normal training routine and felt 100 percent physically ready to race.   Continued...

Formula One - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai, China - 4/15/16 - McLaren Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain arrives at his garage during the first practice session.  REUTERS/Aly Song