The two-time world champion was reportedly hit by a car during cycling training.
Fernando Alonso’s return to F1 starts badly. While training by bicycle in southern Switzerland on February 11, he was hit by a car, and has since been hospitalized in the country.
Spanish is aware and “feels good” according to the Alpine team. Many rumors, drawn from sources more or less close to the pilot, speculate on his state of health, but the consensus seems to be that he suffers from some fractures, including one in the jaw. Everything remains consistent with an accident of this type, but neither Alpine nor Alonso himself has yet confirmed anything on this side.
Testing in a month, too early?
A blow for the 39-year-old driver, who was preparing his return to F1 in the team that gave him his two titles, Renault, which has since become Alpine. The preseason trials now being in Sakhir a month from now, Alonso may not be able to attend. The first race is scheduled in 6 weeks, March 28, on the same circuit in Bahrain. Fortunately, Alonso had been able to participate in a practice session at the end of the 2020 season, usually reserved for rookies. A controversial decision at the time, but which could now make sense.
If the first races of the season were to be missed, Alpine has not yet appointed a replacement. Last year, the Russian Sergei Sirotkin held this position, but it is hard to imagine him coming back to the race. Alpine could then call on Nico Hülkenberg, a former Renault driver, and who demonstrated last season his ability to replace a driver at a moment’s notice.
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