F1 driver Fernando Alonso hurt in cycling accident

Sports Desk, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Spanish two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso was hurt when a car struck him as he was riding a bicycle in Switzerland, his team said Thursday following a report in Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Alpine F1 Team can confirm that Fernando Alonso has been involved in a road accident while cycling in Switzerland,” the organization said in a statement.

“Fernando is conscious and well in himself and is awaiting further medical examinations tomorrow morning,” Alpine – formerly Renault – said.

La Gazzetta dello Sport said that X-rays taken at a hospital in the Lugano area showed Alonso suffered a fractured jaw and damage to several teeth.

Doctors plan to transfer Alonso to a hospital in Bern, the Italian daily said.

The Spaniard, who won the title with Renault in 2005 and 2006, also drove for Ferrari and McLaren before stepping away from F1 to pursue the Triple Crown of motorsport: the Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500.

Alonso, winner in Monaco in 2006 and 2007, hoisted the trophy at Le Mans in 2018 and 2019, claiming the 2019 FIA World Endurance Championship title, and competed three times in the Indy 500.

The 39-year-old driver announced last year that he was returning to F1 with Renault/Alpine.

Alpine are due to take part in March 12-14 testing in Bahrain ahead of the 2021 season’s first race in the Gulf nation. EFE


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