Victim of a road accident during a bike trip in February, Fernando Alonso is still ready to attack the F1 season at the wheel of his Alpine. But the Spanish rider will keep titanium plates in his jaw for a few months.
It takes more than that to stop it. In mid-February, while cycling in Lugano, Switzerland, Fernando Alonso (39) was involved in a road accident, fracturing his jaw. A month later, the Spaniard is nevertheless in Bahrain with his Alpine, like all his fellow pilots, for the pre-season tests.
“I’m fine, he assured this Friday. I’m happy to be here, back in the paddock. After the accident four weeks ago, I had about ten days to rest at home and after the operation, I still had to rest a bit. After nine, ten days, I went back to a very classic routine of fitness, preparation. “
“I am 100%”
What is less routine are the metal plates with which he now has to deal. “Professionally and driving-wise, I’m 100%,” continued Alonso. “Personally, I’m going to have to have two titanium plates removed from my upper jaw at the end of the season. So there will still be things happening at the end of the championship, but that will not affect my professional life. “
And the Spaniard reassured again: “I do not expect any problem, honestly. I have been training for two or three weeks now, in a completely normal way. I was also in the simulator on Monday and Tuesday, so the preparations weren’t too affected. In fact, I only missed a few days of marketing and filming, which I was kind of happy about (laughs). I made it all up yesterday. ” As a reminder, the 2021 F1 season is due to start on March 28, precisely in Bahrain.