His Alps (former Renault) team announced on Thursday night that Fernando Alonso, who has won the Spanish Formula One World Championship twice, suffered a traffic accident while cycling in Switzerland.
The accident happened one month before the pre-season test, that is, in Bahrain from March 12 to 14, and there is a month and a half before the first Grand Prix of the 2021 season, that is, in Bahrain on March 28, but his Participation was not claimed by an unnamed source at the time.
According to the Italian daily newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, the accident occurred near Lugano in southern Switzerland, where he lives. According to reports, Alonso was knocked down by a car, possibly causing damage to his jaw and teeth, the severity of which will be clarified on Friday.
Spanish President Pedro Sanchez hopes that Alonso will recover soon.
Fernando Alonso has a lot of strength and best wishes. He wrote on Twitter: “We hope that his injuries after this accident can be minimized.”
Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr also tweeted: “We hope this is nothing, and you hope to recover as soon as possible.”
Alonso was crowned at Renault in 2005 and 2006, but after a two-year kitchen vacation in McLaren’s final years, he must return to Alpine’s F1 car this year.
During this time, he participated in the World Endurance Championship (won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the World Championship in 2018 and 2019), Indianapolis 500 and Dakar.
The 39-year-old player will be one of two veterans to compete with Finn Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo) this season.
During his F1 career, he has won 32 Grand Prix victories and a total of 97 podiums.