Still reeling from his horrific crash in Melbourne, Spaniard Fernando Alonso has wisely decided to omit himself from the Bahrain Grand Prix next week in an attempt to gain full fitness.
Alonso's crash was the major talking point of the opening race of the season. The sheer fact he managed to walk away from such a wreck is the ultimate testament to the importance of safety in modern day Formula 1.
There is also doubt that Alonso will be on the grid for Round 3 at China, with the FIA confirming that a follow-up CT scan will be requested before any race-approval is made.
McLaren understudy Stoffel Vandoorne will step up to the plate in Alonso's absence. The young Belgian is no stranger to Bahrain, having dominated and won on his GP2 debut in 2014.