As Alpine F1 revealed their first-ever F1 car to the world, something that was amiss from the online launch was their star driver, Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard had already confirmed that he would miss the launch due to travel restrictions.
But apart from that, the 2-time World Champion may not have been in the best of health to attend the unveiling ceremony.
Alonso had been involved in a road accident a couple of weeks ago and is currently recovering in his home in Switzerland. However, Alpine F1’s CEO Laurent Rossi had some good news in store for the fans.
Rossi expects to have his recruit back racing as soon as possible and believes he will be ready to take part in the pre-season tests which kick off on March 12th.
Giving an update on Fernando’s health condition, he said, “Fernando is doing very well. He confirmed to us immediately almost after the incident that he will be in Bahrain which has been confirmed with his doctors.
“And it looks like he was right because he is absolutely fit and we are looking forward to seeing him next week in the car.”
The quick recovery of Fernando Alonso surprised alpine CEO
The Spaniard’s recovery became the talk of the town when he shared an image of himself cycling barely a week after the accident. Even Rossi himself couldn’t quite believe the amount of time it took for Fernando to find his way back to physical training.
He said, “Obviously he had a bad incident, a bike accident is rarely something that is easy. But he was lucky. He ended up only suffering from his jaw. So besides a necessary surgery and care on his jaw the rest is fine.
“Fernando is completely fit, he’s totally operational. We are even surprised that he recovered so quickly.”
The 2-time World Champion will be chomping at the bit to make his F1 comeback. He has been out of the sport for 3 years now, trying his hand at other motorsport activities to quite a degree of success.
But F1 will forever be where Alonso’s heart is. He’d want to prove to the world that even at 39, he’s still one of the best going around.
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