Ron Dennis says the FIA should have administered a second medical to Fernando Alonso on Saturday morning in Bahrain.
Alonso was found to have suffered broken ribs and a damaged lung in his violent Australian Grand Prix, injuries which were deemed to have not sufficiently healed by an FIA medical scan on Thursday. On Friday evening it was reported McLaren had asked again for permission to let Alonso compete after Stoffel Vandoorne had deputised in practice.
McLaren CEO Dennis has confirmed a request was made to the FIA to test Alonso again and says the Spaniard deserved to have a fresh assessment carried out.
"It's frustrating because we are a data driven team," Dennis told Sky Sports. "The scans that were looked at were Monday scans and we just wanted the opportunity to have Fernando scanned again this morning and if he was clear then fine, if he wasn't clear not fine but just to say well we are not prepared to go through a logical process was a bit frustrating."
Dennis insists he has no problem with the safety protocols which will see Alonso sit out this weekend's race. However, he says a difference in opinion exists about the extent of Alonso's injuries.
"Well you know I think normally sporting teams, football teams, ski teams, most teams will determine whether their players are fit to compete and I fully recognise that the position of a doctor in Formula One is to determine the safety of all the drivers. I don't think there was anything that could have come out of this that would have jeopardised any one's safety in regards to the other drivers and it's really for Fernando and the team to affect a decision.
"We are very mindful of the role of the FIA and the doctor and we of course live by their decisions but it would have been nice to have taken a decision against current data. Five days after [the Monday scan] I think that the situation could have been different. That's all we wanted to do - we weren't saying insisting - we wanted to look at the new data. The doctors in Europe disagreed with the doctors here so it wasn't a black and white decision."