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Fernando Alonso fractures jaw, damages teeth after cycling accident

Formula One’s Alpine crew introduced on Thursday two-time world champion Fernando Alonso had been concerned in a street accident whereas cycling in Switzerland, however that the Spaniard was “conscious and well in himself”.

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The 39-year-old, who received the world championship in 2005 and 2006, is ready to make his return to F1 with Alpine on the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28, after final racing within the sport three years in the past.

Testing for the brand new season is going down in Bahrain between March 12-14, however a supply advised AFP his participation shouldn’t be doubtful.

“Alpine F1 Team can confirm that Fernando Alonso has been involved in a road accident while cycling in Switzerland,” Alpine mentioned in a statement.

“Fernando is aware and effectively in himself and is awaiting additional medical examinations tomorrow (Friday) morning.

“Alpine F1 Team will not make any further statement at this point in time. Further updates will be given tomorrow.”

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Alonso joined the outfit, re-branded from Renault F1 by the French producer for the approaching marketing campaign, after competing within the Indianapolis 500, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Dakar Rally races.

According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Alonso has suffered a fractured jaw, harm to his teeth and is in a hospital in Bern.

The BBC reported Alonso was hit by a automobile close to his residence in Lugano, close to the Italian border.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was one in all many to put up their assist to Alonso on Twitter.

“Much strength and all the best wishes to Fernando Alonso,” he mentioned.

“We expect the injuries from this accident to be minimal. A big hug, @alo_oficial,” he added.

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Alonso, a winner of 32 grands prix who left F1 on the finish of 2018, missed the beginning of the 2015 season with an harm, having to take a seat out the Australian Grand Prix with concussion.

Frenchman Esteban Ocon, whose solely F1 podium got here at Sakhir final December, is Alonso’s new team-mate at Alpine.

Alonso is ready to be the second-oldest member of the F1 paddock this time period, behind Alfeo-Romeo’s 41-year-old Finnish driver Kimi Raikonnen.

Alonso accomplished quite a few assessments within the closing months of 2020 to organize for his F1 comeback, making his full official testing return on the end-of-season session in Abu Dhabi in December.

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