Fernando Alonso returned to action for McLaren in China and says that any pain from his ribs is 'manageable.'
Alonso had not driven competitvely since he crashed out of the Australian Grand Prix in dramatic fashion, sustaining lung and rib injuries in the process.
Rib fractures ruled Alonso out of the Bahrain Grand Prix but the Spaniard was cleared to drive following a medical examination on Thursday.
"I’ve really missed driving the car in the last 26 days," said Alonso, who was assessed once more after the first session.
"But I felt good today. There’s still a little bit of pain, because the rib hasn’t completely recovered since the fracture, which is normal. But that pain is definitely manageable."
Alonso finished the second practice session in 11th position.
"Today, it was important to get a good read on the tyres because tomorrow it is forecast to rain," he explained.
"So today might be our only chance to test the dry tyres ahead of Sunday.
"We’re happy with today’s results, but we still need to find an optimal balance for the dry: we’re missing a little bit of traction and rear-end grip, so we need to make a few changes to be more competitive. "