- Fernando Alonso was hit by a car while riding his bike in Lugano.
- Alonso will be returning to Formula One this season to race for the Alpine F1 team.
- The Spaniard is a long shot +8000 to win the 2021 F1 world championship.
Alpine F1 team driver Fernando Alonso is recovering from a minor surgery after he was involved in an accident while riding on a bike in the outskirts of Lugano on Thursday.
Alonso was hit by a car and fell off his bike while braking hard to avoid impact. He was brought to the hospital after rescuers from the Lugano Green Cross gave him initial treatment.
In an update issued by the team on Friday morning, Alpine said that Alonso underwent corrective surgery to repair a fractured jaw. He is expected to stay in the hospital for the next two days.
Alpine F1 Team Statement pic.twitter.com/P2yXlpyCBj
— Alpine F1 Team (@AlpineF1Team) February 12, 2021
However, he is expected to make a full recovery and resume his preparations for the upcoming F1 season. Alonso is expected to be fit when the season starts in Bahrain later next month. The former two-time F1 world champion is a longshot +8000 to win the 2021 Formula One World Championship. Defending champion and seven-time winner Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes is the runaway betting favorite at -300 at online sportsbook Bet365.
Formula One Comeback
Confirmed: Fernando Alonso will make his Formula 1 comeback in 2021 with Renaulthttps://t.co/B4afj3CzPW
— Motor Sport magazine (@Motor_Sport) July 8, 2020
Last July, Alonso confirmed that he will be returning to the F1 grid this year for Renault. The Spaniard last raced in Bahrain at the end of the 2018 season. Since then, he’s Alonso won the 24 Hours of LeMans twice for Toyota, the World Endurance Championship once, while also competing for the Indianapolis 500 and the Dakar Rally.
Alonso’s return to Renault, now renamed as Alpine, will be his third stint with the team. He raced for Renault from 2003 to 2006, winning back to back Formula One world titles in 2005 and 2006. After spending one season for McLaren, he returned to Renault in 2008 and won two more races before transferring to Ferrari.
He made a second stint for McLaren from 2015-2018 but he got frustrated with the team’s dip in on-track fortunes and tried his luck outside Formula One. He set his sights on the Triple Crown of Motorsport but could not win in Indianapolis after three tries.
One of the Greatest Racing Drivers Ever
“One of the greatest racing drivers the world has ever seen.”
An unmissable tribute to @alo_oficial from the #F1 paddock ?#GraciasFernando pic.twitter.com/dAvgEWzUMZ
— Formula 1 (@F1) November 24, 2018
Alonso is considered as one of the greatest racing drivers the world has ever seen. At the age of 17, he won the Euro Open by Nissan in 1999. He made his Formula One debut in 2001 with Minardi before becoming a test driver for Renault in 2002. He was promoted to a race seat the following year and defeated Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher in 2005 and 2006, respectively to win two world titles. Alonso also drove for Ferrari and finished second to Sebastian Vettel three times in tightly contested race duels in 2010, 2012, and 2013.
Overall, he won 32 total Formula One races, earned 22 pole positions and 1,899 points from 311 starts. He is the only Spanish driver to have won a Grand Prix and the Formula One world title. At the time of his triumph, he was the youngest to win an F1 world title and also the youngest to win two world championships.
He has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports, the Premios Nacionales del Deporte Sportsman of the Year award, the Gold Medal of the Royal Order Sports Merit, and has been twice inducted to the FIA Hall of Fame.