Alpine driver Fernando Alonso was involved in an accident on February 11. This happened while he was cycling in Switzerland as part of his pre-season training. The Spaniard was taken to the hospital for immediate care.
Alonso suffered a broken jaw and was successfully operated upon. He will remain under observation for 48 hours. Alpine expects him to be fully available for the season-opener in Bahrain.
The 39-year-old has signed for the Alpine F1 team for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. His last race in Formula One was in the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and he has since taken part in many racing events away from F1.
The Spaniard won the World Endurance Championship with Toyota in 2019. He also took part in the Dakar Rally, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the IndyCar series.
What does the report of the accident say?
The local police released details of the accident, as reported by Motorsport. It said, “The Cantonal Police has announced that yesterday, shortly before 2 pm in Viganello, a 42-year-old Swiss driver living in the Lugano area was driving along Via La Santa in the direction of Pregassona.”
“According to an initial reconstruction and for reasons that the police investigation will have to establish, while she was making a left-hand turn to enter a supermarket car park, she collided with a 39-year-old Spanish citizen, who was riding his bicycle and passing a line of stationary vehicles on the right. The collision took place against the right side of the car,” the statement read.
“Officers from the Cantonal Police and in support from the Lugano Police Force, as well as rescuers from the Lugano Green Cross, arrived on the scene and, after giving the cyclist initial treatment, took him by ambulance to hospital.”
The impact Fernando Alonso can have at Alpine
Alonso and Alpine will have a long-overdue reunion in 2021. He had won both his Driver’s Championships with Renault in 2005 and 2006. The Spaniard has been away from F1 for close to two years now.
The move to Alpine came as a big surprise for F1 fans everywhere, considering the fact that he has been away from F1 for a long time. He has been taking part in other different racing events.
There are fears that this move could reduce his legacy as he may not be able to show his speed as much at this stage of his career. There is also a fear that teammate Esteban Ocon will outshine him.
Clearly, Fernando Alonso has some unfinished business in F1 and no one can guess his intentions until he formally retires from F1.