Former Formula One champion Fernando Alonso has undergone surgery on a jaw fracture after he was involved in a road accident while cycling in Switzerland, his team Alpine announced on Friday.
According to the Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport and the BBC, veteran racer Alonso was hit by a car near his home in Lugano in Switzerland, near the Italian border.
In a statement, Alpine said “the attending medical team are satisfied with his progress” after Alonso’s operation and the 39-year-old would remain in hospital under observation “for a further 48 hours”.
Testing for the new season is taking place in Bahrain between March 12-14, and Alpine said Alonso was expected to take part.
Alonso joined Alpine, re-branded from Renault F1 by the French manufacturer for the coming campaign, after competing in the Indianapolis 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans races as well as the Dakar Rally.
Frenchman Esteban Ocon, whose only F1 podium came at Sakhir last December, is Alonso’s new team-mate at Alpine.
Alonso is set to be the second-oldest member of the F1 paddock this term, behind Alfa-Romeo’s 41-year-old Finnish driver Kimi Raikonnen.
Alonso completed a number of tests in the closing months of 2020 to prepare for his F1 comeback, making his full official testing return at the end-of-season session in Abu Dhabi in December.
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