Formula 1: Fernando Alonso released from hospital

Fernando Alonso, Alpine, Formula 1 (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
Fernando Alonso, Alpine, Formula 1 (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images) /

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso has been released from the hospital as he continues to recover following his accident.

Last Thursday, two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso, who is due to compete in Formula 1 this season for the first time since 2018 when he “retired”, was involved in a road accident while cycling in Switzerland.

The 39-year-old Spaniard was hospitalized following the accident, but his injuries were fortunately never life-threatening.

He underwent corrective surgery after sustaining a fracture to his upper jaw and remained in the hospital for roughly 48 hours for observation.

Alonso has now been discharged and is set to continue his recovery from home.

Alpine, the team for which the 32-time Grand Prix winner is slated to compete in the upcoming season, released the following statement about the situation.

The plan is still for Alonso to compete in the entire 23-race 2021 season, beginning next month.

He is set to join Esteban Ocon at Alpine as the replacement for the McLaren-bound Daniel Ricciardo. Alonso competed for McLaren himself during his most recent four seasons in Formula 1 from 2015 to 2018.

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Alpine had been known as Renault prior to this year, and Renault are the team for which Alonso won both of his world titles back in 2005 and 2006.

He won 14 races during those two seasons alone and a total of 15 races for the team during his four-year stint there from 2003 to 2006.

The 2021 season is slated to be Alonso’s 18th season of Formula 1 competition. His most recent win came in his home race, the Spanish Grand Prix, at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya back in May of 2013 when he competed for Ferrari. His most recent podium finish is a second place finish, and it came in July of 2014 in the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring.

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The 2021 season is scheduled to get underway on Sunday, March 28 with the Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit after a coronavirus pandemic restriction-related schedule change. Preseason testing is scheduled to take place at the same venue two weeks prior from Friday, March 12 to Sunday, March 14.