Fernando Alonso: F1 star ‘suffers fracture of his jaw’ after Switzerland road accident | F1 | Sport

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Fernando Alonso has reportedly suffered ‘a fracture of his jaw’ after being involved in a road accident in Switzerland. The Formula One driver is said to have been knocked off his bicycle by a car near his home in the city of Lugano while training for the upcoming 2021 season, but is “conscious and well in himself”.

Alpine said in a team statement on Thursday evening: “Alpine F1 Team can confirm that Fernando Alonso has been involved in a road accident while cycling in Switzerland.

“Fernando is conscious and well in himself and is awaiting further medical examinations tomorrow morning.

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

It is unclear whether or not the two-time world champion will spend the night in hospital.

But BBC Sport claim sources close to Alonso say he has suffered an injury to his jaw after the collision, which would leave question marks over his health for the new F1 season which is just six weeks away.

The Bahrain Grand Prix is this year’s curtain-raiser on March 28 but pre-season testing gets underway at the same circuit from March 12-15.

Alpine, who have yet to confirm when they will unveil their 2021 car, say more updates will be offered on Friday and BBC Sport report that the 39-year-old will be taken to Bern in the meantime.

There is a specialist unit there able to deal with injuries similar to Alonso’s reported problem.

The 32-time Grands Prix winner is due to return to F1 in 2021 after a two-year stint away from the sport.

He had previously driven for McLaren for four seasons but could not manage a finish better than fifth in a frustrating spell with the British manufacturer.

The former Ferrari racer won both of his world titles with Renault, now rebranded as Alpine, in 2005 and 2006.

Alonso has since finished second in the Drivers’ Championship on three occasions since then, all with Ferrari in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

While out of F1, Alonso was twice victorious at the Le Mans 24 Hours and won the World Endurance Championship in the 2018-19 season.

The Spaniard also competed in the Indianapolis 500 and the Dakar Rally but is back in F1 hoping to help Alpine make progress.

Under their previous guise of Renault, Daniel Ricciardo clinched two podiums in 2020 while Esteban Ocon – Alonso’s 2021 team-mate – also finished in the top three at the Sakhir Grand Prix.

There are 23 races scheduled for the 2021 season with Italy hosting the second race of the campaign on April 18 after the opener in Bahrain.

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