Fernando Alonso has fully recovered from a cycling accident last month and will be ready to start pre-season testing in Bahrain, but as he is not currently in England he will miss the first test of the new Alpine A521.
Alonso suffered a cycling accident in Switzerland in mid-February with a cracked upper jaw and damaged several teeth, but doctors were rightly optimistic about his recovery as he is now certain he will be fully prepared for the new F1 season.
Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi at the presentation of the new Alpine A521 confirmed that Alonso will be ready for pre-season testing starting on March 12 in Bahrain.
“Fernando is very good,” Rossi said.
“He had a bad accident. Cycling accident is something that rarely goes easy, but he was lucky and only ended up with a jaw injury.”
“Apart from the necessary surgery and jaw care, everything else is fine. Fernando is fully fit and fully functional.”
“We are even surprised that he recovered so quickly. Almost immediately after the accident, he confirmed to us that he would be in Bahrain, which was confirmed by doctors.”
“He seems to have been right because he is fully prepared and we look forward to seeing him in the car next week.”
Alpine will test the new A521 for the first time tomorrow at Silverstone when it will use the filming day with maximum allowed 100 kilometers and since Alonso is not in England, that duty will belong to Esteban Ocon.
“The most important thing is to give him the best possible chance to fully recover before the start of the season,” said Alpine F1 team executive director Marcin Budkowski.
“It’s more important to be fully recovered in time for the test in Bahrain than to be here at the presentation or to drive a car tomorrow.”
“We want to keep Fernando at 100%, give him time to recover and have him ready for testing in Bahrain.”