Alonso suffers broken jaw in cycling accident

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Fernando Alonso is one of Formula 1’s greats. The Spaniard has had an illustrious career, being crowned World Champion in 05’ and 06’ and winning 32 Grand Prixs. In 2020, Alpine (formerly Renault), signed Alonso to replace Daniel Ricciardo. 

 

To get ready for his returning season, Alonso had an accident cycling near Lugano, Switzerland, where he currently lives. According to the police report, a car turning left into a supermarket parking lot hit Alonso, causing a break in his jaw and other minor injuries. 

 

Alpine was quickly to post a statement on Friday the 12th, confirming he had suffered a fractured jaw and was undergoing surgery, but he was conscious and well nonetheless. They also mentioned at the end that they “expect him to be fully operational to undertake preparation for the season”.

 

Fernando’s surgery was successful, but he was kept in the hospital for 48 hours to remain under observation. 

 

With just a month until pre-season testing in Bahrain, Alonso has plenty of time to recover ahead of his comeback. As history had told, the Spaniard is a tough nut. 17 seasons in F1, almost always fighting for the top spots and then a switch to other motorsports, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans while he was taking a break from F1. 

 

It will be interesting to see what his comeback holds for fans across the globe. When he left Mclaren at the end of 2017, Alonso was unhappy with the car underperforming due to issues related to the power unit. Surely, Alpine would have had to have a promising car for Alonso to accept a comeback drive. 

 

Historically however comebacks after retirement have never worked out too well for drivers. Most notably, Micheal Schumacher’s comeback with Mercedes in 2011 is an example of how hard it can be to get back into the sport, even if you are the greatest to ever do it. 

 

Alonso’s circumstances might be better suited for a comeback. For once, the Spaniard will be with a team he is very familiar with, and with whom he has won the World Championship twice. On top of that, Alonso has been racing in competitive environments ever since he left Formula 1 in 2017, so he wouldn’t have lost his touch. 

 

Ahead of an exciting season, we wish Fernando a speedy recovery, and best of luck on his comeback!