• Fernando Alonso has been involved in a road accident.
• The F1 driver was cycling in Switzerland when the incident occurred.
• Alonso makes his return to the sport with the Alpine team in 2021.
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Formula 1 driver and two-time champion, Fernando Alonso, has been involved in a road accident. According to a statement released by his new team, Alpine F1, on Twitter, the driver was cycling in Switzerland when the incident took place.
The statement reads that "Fernando is conscious and well in himself and is awaiting further medical examinations tomorrow morning."
The team released the statement late on Thursday (11 February) evening, indicating that the incident took place during the day. There has been no update yet.
Alonso's profile (in brief)
Alonso is no stranger to F1. Having entered the sport at the start of the millennium, the driver quickly made headlines and quickly showed that he has what it takes to be a top driver. In 2005 and 2006, his effort paid off when he won the F1 Drivers' championship with Renault - beating Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen to the punch.
Unfortunately for Alonso, a series of poor decision as to his next drives in the sport left him without adding more championships to his name, and in 2018 he called time on his career. Yet, he always kept the door open to one day return. That day had come in 2020 when he signed for the Renault F1 team as the replacement for Daniel Ricciardo. Renault has been renamed Alpine F1 for 2021 and onwards.
Alonso's cycling accident brings back memories of the driver's horror crash at the 2016 Australian Grand Prix. Attempting an overtake on Haas' Esteban Ocon, the two drivers made contact that sent both of them crashing out of the race. Alonso came off worst as his car flipped over several times and ended up in a small heap. Alonso, ever the sportsman, walked away from the scene with only a few broken ribs.
In 2012, he survived a Romain Grosjean's race car flying over his head at the Belgian GP.
Though Alonso's cycling accident is in no way being downplayed, we can expect the driver to make a full recovery and participate in the 2021 F1 season.