Alpine’s F1 team has announced that two-time world champion Fernando Alonso will not be present at the unveiling of the new F1 car for 2021, which will be shown to the public for the first time on Tuesday.

Renault renamed its F1 team the Alpine, and the 2005 and 2006 world champion Alonso suffered a cycling accident that left him with fractured upper jaw.

Although Alonso has started training and will be ready to start pre-season testing on March 12, Alpine has confirmed that he will not be present at the presentation of the new car.

“Unfortunately we have to confirm that Fernando Alonso will not be present at the press conference after the presentation of the new car,” the statement said.

“The sanitary situation and corresponding regulations in place do not allow him to do any communications and marketing activities while he undertakes his critical season preparation.”

“We will instead publish a Q&A with Fernando for media use and he will be available for media in Bahrain for official pre-season testing.”

The presentation will be attended by Esteban Ocon who joined the team last season, Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi, F1 team executive director Marcin Budkowski and new racing director Davide Brivio who arrived at Alpine from Suzuki’s MotoGP team.



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