F1: Alonso heads out for run ahead of return
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A leading medical expert has claimed that “with almost complete certainty” Fernando Alonso will make his comeback for Alpine F1 team at pre-season testing in Bahrain next month after worries were initially raised that the Spaniard may be ruled out for the start of the campaign.
Alonso has returned to F1 after a two-year absence to join Alpine, who have rebranded from Renault.
However, the 39-year-old was involved knocked off his bicycle by a car near his home in the city of Lugano.
The two-time F1 world champion suffered a broken jaw which sparked fears over his fitness ahead of pre-season testing.
But medical specialist Dr Jose Gonzalez is confident that Alonso will be fit enough to get into his new car at the first opportunity.
“If there is a mandibular fracture, the tests will be because they want to see if there is a displacement and whether to put a plate on it,” Dr Gonzalez told Marca.
“If it really is a clean fracture, there should be no need for further testing. Either way, whatever it is, it is not a major injury.
“It can be said, with almost complete certainty, that he will be at the pre-season tests in Bahrain without any problems.”
Alpine said in a team statement on Thursday evening: “Alpine F1 Team can confirm that Fernando Alonso has been involved in a road accident while cycling in Switzerland.
“Fernando is conscious and well in himself and is awaiting further medical examinations tomorrow morning.
“Alpine F1 Team will not make any further statement at this point in time. Further updates will be given tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, Alpine star Esteban Ocon is hoping to learn off his new team-mate during their maiden season together.
“My personal choice has no relation to what the team is going to do,” said the Frenchman.
“I have a great relationship with Fernando. The helmet I have and the only swap I did in between the drivers was with him.
“He was the one with Michael [Schumacher], his fights back in the day, that gave me the love for the sport.
“I don’t know if he’s going to join or not with us, but definitely, if he could come back, I would be very happy.”
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