Ferrari number one driver Fernando Alonso has been given the okay to race in the United States Grand Prix this weekend.

Alonso had to undergo a medical examination on Thursday after injuring his back following a heavy landing in Abu Dhabi when he ran across a kerb to avoid the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne following his final stop. He has suffered some pain since, and while he skipped his usual media commitments today in order to rest, he will be back at the track on Friday for practice and is fine to compete.

"This morning 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," the Scuderia confirmed.

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"Happy to have the 'ok' from doctors and [can] race this weekend," the Spaniard added via his official Twitter account, @alo_oficial.

"Last day to recover and do my best to help the team!!"

Alonso had already said he was prepared to race through the pain barrier and today's checks were pretty much a formality.