Et happened when a driver wanted to turn his car into a supermarket parking lot. Fernando Alonso could no longer swerve or brake in time, he crashed his racing bike into the car. The two-time Formula 1 world champion suffered a fracture of the upper jaw a month and a half before the start of the season – but his big comeback should not be in danger. “We expect that he will be fully operational to start preparing for the season,” Alonso’s racing team Alpine announced on Friday.
The 39-year-old Spaniard is said to remain in the hospital for a further 48 hours until Sunday after he has already had an operation. The doctors were satisfied with “his progress”, it was said of his racing team.
“Thank you for all your wishes, I’m ok”
After “a few days of complete rest”, Alonso will be able to gradually resume training. Further news should be published “in due course”. Alonso received a lot of support from Formula 1 and other motorsport colleagues, especially via social networks. On this Friday afternoon he spoke up there himself: “Thank you for all your wishes, I’m ok and I’m looking forward to getting started in 2021.” Because the worries were great at first, the information about the accident and Alonso’s condition was rather small . Alpine, the Renault team with a new name, reported: Alonso was conscious and in good condition.
To what extent the fracture of the upper jaw could actually affect Alonso on the way back to the Formula 1 field remains to be seen. The official test drives will take place on the Bahrain International Circuit from March 12th to 14th. Two weeks later, the first of a total of 23 Formula 1 races this year will take place in the Sakhir desert.
The motorsport premier class described the hope of returning to training and full readiness for preparation as “optimistic”. The bosses of the motorsport premier class should also keep their fingers crossed for Alonso.
He is one of the top stars in the coming season and trained mainly on the bike to be fit for his return. According to the responsible cantonal police, an accident occurred between a 42-year-old Swiss in a car and a 39-year-old Spaniard on a bike on Thursday afternoon when turning left into the parking lot of a supermarket between the districts of Viganello and Pregassona in Lugano. Alonso crashed into the right side of the car. Rescue workers took care of Alonso on site before he was taken to a hospital. The re was no official confirmation of reports that he was subsequently transferred to a hospital in Bern.
Alonso has been an avid cyclist for years. In 2013 he was even about to take over a cycling team, but negotiations with the Euskatel team at the time failed in the last few meters. Alonso’s buddies also include former Spanish cycling star Alberto Contador.
Alonso entered the motorsport premier class in 2001. The Asturian finished Michael Schumacher’s triumphant drives in a Ferrari in 2005 and celebrated his first world title at that time. In 2006, the Renault won the second World Cup and switched to McLaren. For the 2010 season, Ferrari brought the two-time champion. However, the Spanish-Italian cooperation could not prevail against Sebastian Vettel in Red Bull. Alonso was world championship runner-up three times.
The return to McLaren followed in 2015, which turned into a four-year disappointment. Afterwards he drove in his Formula 1 break, among other things, at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, he started in Indianapolis and participated in the Dakar Rally.