Alpine Formula One Driver Fernando Alonso, who was set to return to the world of Formula One since his retirement back in 2018 might not return to the world of F1 just yet, since, on late Thursday, he was part of a cycling accident.
As of the time of writing, the cause of the accident is still unknown, but we do know about his health.
How is Fernando Alonso?
Fernando Alonso was part of a cycling crash whilst riding his bike in Switzerland. He was later taken to the hospital. A statement from his team, Alpine F1 reads: “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.” The team further stated that it would provide additional details on Friday morning following an additional medical exam for Alonso.
This news creates worry for the Alpine squad, which is currently in the process of prepping for testing in Bahrain from March 12-14, with Alonso geared up to return to Formula One since his retirement in 2018.
What is Alpine?
For those of you wondering about Alpine, the team is the rebranded version of the Renault Formula One team. Fernando will be paired alongside Esteban Ocon, a former driver for Racing Point BWT, who moved to Renault in 2020 after losing his seat and spending 2019 as a test driver for Mercedes, since his former team dropped him in favour of Lance Stroll, the son of the team’s boss, Lawrence Stroll.
Alpine F1 hopes to compete with the second grid teams, such as Aston Martin, McLaren and more. The team has a rich history of drivers, most recently having signed Daniel Ricciardo, a driver capable of frequent podiums for the 2019-2020 seasons.
That being said, Fernando is quite a bit more experienced, having raced for teams like Ferrari, McLaren, Minardi and Renault in the past. Last we saw him, he was racing for McLaren F1, alongside Stoffel Vandoore.