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Lopez given green light for Monaco FP1

Monaco ePrix – Jose Maria Lopez has been cleared to drive in FP1, but must have a second medical exam after the session.

The Argentinian damaged two vertebrae after crashing his Toyota at Copse during the opening round of the World Endurance Championship at Silverstone.

His injuries forced him to sit out the following race at Spa on Saturday, but his recovery and the lower physical demands of the Monaco track means he will be allowed to attempt the race weekend.

“I’m feeling good. Most importantly my back is feeling very good,” Lopez said.

“This is not a circuit like Spa where you go through a lot of compressions, this is a very smooth track as well.

“We’ll give it a try in FP1 tomorrow and if I have some pain and I see there is a risk, then I will stop immediately because I want to be fit for next weekend. If I feel ok, I will be doing the race.”

Lopez’s Toyota WEC team have been keen to keep their driver out of danger to do further damage to his back with the 24 Hours of Le Mans fast approaching in June.

DS Virgin reserve driver Alex Lynn was put on standby for the race in case Lopez was not declared fit to race.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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