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Bahrain GP: McLaren admits Alonso return talks 'ongoing'

2016-04-02 13:38

DOUBLE WORLD F1 CHAMP: Fernando Alonso, initially ruled out of the Bahrain Grand Prix, could still have a part to play in the race. Image: AP / Luca Bruno

Sakhir, Bahrain - McLaren has confirmed talks with the FIA about getting injured Fernando Alonso back into his McLaren-Honda are "ongoing" in Bahrain.

Earlier we reported that, after Stoffel Vandoorne filled in for the Spaniard in Friday practice, McLaren team boss Ron Dennis met with FIA doctor Jean-Charles Piette in a bid to get Alonso back to work for Saturday and beyond.

Dennis unhappy with FIA

Alonso, 34, has been sidelined following a partially-collapsed lung and with rib fractures, but according to Spanish reports Dennis is unhappy about the process by which the FIA arrived at the decision to sideline the driver.

When asked about Dennis' talks with FIA officials, a McLaren spokesman said early on Saturday: "Dialogue between McLaren and the FIA is ongoing and to be expected."

Read: FIA: Alonso ruled out of Bahrain GP

The spokesman added: "It remains our, the FIA's and indeed Fernando's intention to prioritise his health and wellbeing whilst optimising his chances of returning to the cockpit as soon as possible."

Alonso posted this photograph on his Instagram account:

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