Fernando Alonso Set To Miss Team Launch, May Play Remote Role

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Spanish driver Fernando Alonso, one of the most well-known drivers in the history of the sport, holding two world champion titles to his name will be returning to the grid this season with Alpine.

However, fans will have to wait a bit longer to see Alonso in Alpine gear as he is set to miss the launch.

The team confirmed that Alonso will not travel to Alpine’s Enstone base in the UK for the launch of the Alpine A521, the 2021 contender of the team, though it is stated that he will be a part of the event.

Alonso is returning to the grid after retiring in 2018 with McLaren, with the driver also having been hospitalised earlier this month post a cycling accident in Switzerland, which resulted in a broken jaw after being run over by a car.

The good news did come soon though, since he was discharged from the hospital in just four days after surgery on his jaw, with the team insisting that he would recover in time for the commencement of the 2021 season.

He was discharged from hospital just four days later after surgery on his jaw, while his team insisted he would recover in time for the start of the new season.

Alpine is all set to launch their new car, the A521 on Tuesday with a title rebrand from Renault, which was the name held by the team for quite some time.

On Friday afternoon, the team stated that Alonso would not be attending the media event physically but would play a part in the launch remotely. He is also preparing for pre-season testing.

The statement reads: “We regret to confirm that Fernando Alonso will not be present for the media Q&A on this occasion.

“The sanitary situation and corresponding regulations in place do not allow him to do any communications and marketing activities while he undertakes his critical season preparation.

“We will instead publish a Q&A with Fernando for media use and he will be available for media in Bahrain for official pre-season testing.”

With Alonso being missing, the team will be represented by Esteban Ocon alongside Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi, the team’s executive director Marcin Budkowski as well as newly appointed Davide Brivio, who comes from Suzuki’s MotoGP outfit.

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