Fernando Alonso broke several teeth after falling off his bike in a cycling accident in Switzerland, but he avoided fractures and major injuries so he is expected to be ready to welcome the start of pre-season testing in Bahrain.
Italian Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Alonso was hit by a car while training on his bicycle near Lugano, Switzerland, after which he was taken to hospital.
Alpine’s F1 team has confirmed that the Spaniard is well and is waiting for additional medical tests while well informd media such as Autosport report that Alonso will be transferred to a hospital in Bern where he will undergo minor surgery with several broken teeth.
Alonso fell off his bike as he braked hard trying to avoid a car collision as he trained around Lugano in preparation for the new 2020 F1 season.
The Spaniard reportedly did not suffer any fractures in the crash, but will undergo additional medical tests today.
The last time a current F1 driver was injured before the start of the new season was in 2011, when Kubica suffered serious hand injuries in a rally accident when the guardrail penetrated his car and the Pole returned to F1 only in 2020 with Williams.
Alonso is returning to Formula 1 this year after a two-year stint in other car races and late last year he tested Renault’s 2020 F1 car R.S.20 on a young drivers test in Abu Dhabi and his 2005 winning Renault R25 during the demonstration on the same track.
Alonso will have the first opportunity to test the new car, which will be called Alpine this year, at the pre-season tests in Bahrain, which last from March 12 to 14, and the first race of the new season is scheduled for March 26 to 28 at the same venue.