Based on a report by Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy, two-time F1 world champion Alonso was hit by a automobile whereas out on a coaching experience close to Lugano in Switzerland.
Alonso was taken to hospital following the accident, however is acutely aware and “nicely in himself” based on an announcement from the Alpine F1 squad.
“Alpine F1 Group can affirm that Fernando Alonso has been concerned in a street accident whereas biking in Switzerland,” an announcement from Alpine reads. “Fernando is acutely aware and nicely in himself and is awaiting additional medical examinations tomorrow morning.
“Alpine F1 Group is not going to make any additional assertion at this cut-off date. Additional updates shall be given tomorrow.”
The report from Gazzetta dello Sport claims that preliminary examinations by the medical employees have proven suspected fractures, however a number of sources have denied he’s suffered any severe accidents.
The incident leaves query marks over Alonso’s health simply six weeks earlier than the beginning of the brand new season, when he is because of make his F1 comeback with the rebranded Alpine squad following a two-year break from the collection.
Since making his last F1 begin with McLaren in 2018, Alonso has raced in sportscars, IndyCar and the Dakar Rally, however introduced final summer season that he can be returning to grand prix racing in 2021 on a multi-year deal.
Alonso ramped up preparations for his return to F1 by finishing in depth working within the 2018-spec Renault F1 automobile final yr, in addition to twice sampling the 2020 R.S.20 mannequin.
Alpine has not formally introduced any plans for a reserve driver forward of the 2021 season, ought to the crew be required to discover a stand-in for Alonso. Ex-Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin served within the function final yr.
Alonso heavily-embedded himself throughout the Renault squad all through the second half of final season to assist his preparations, in addition to being reunited together with his title-winning Renault F1 automobile from 2005 for some present runs in Abu Dhabi.
His return to the grid for the 2021 season comes 20 years after he made his F1 debut with Minardi in 2001, beginning a profession that has yielded 32 grand prix victories and 97 podiums throughout stints at Renault, McLaren and Ferrari.
The crew is because of unveil its new F1 automobile, the Alpine A521, at a launch event in early March, with the primary prolonged working of the automobile scheduled for 12 March when pre-season testing begins in Bahrain, two weeks earlier than the beginning of the season.