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Alpine issues update on Alonso

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12/02/2021

Alpine has issued a brief update on Fernando Alonso's condition following his accident on Thursday.

It reads:

"Following his cycling accident yesterday Fernando Alonso was kept under observation in hospital in Switzerland. Medics discovered a fracture in his upper jaw and conducted a successful corrective operation. The attending medical team are satisfied with his progress.

Fernando will remain under observation in hospital for a further 48 hours.

Looking forward, after a few days of complete rest, he will be able to progressively resume training. We expect him be fully operational to undertake preparation for the season.

Alpine F1 Team and Fernando thank you for your wishes and will issue further updates when appropriate."

Prior to this morning's official statement from Alpine, Spain's Marca had reported that his "doctors seem to have a good prognosis since they would have assured him that it’s not so bad that he won’t miss the mid-March tests or the start of the season in Bahrain.

"In any case it will be the tests, with less swelling in the area, that will determine if a small operation is necessary or what treatment the driver should take and the final degree of severity."

"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," said Spanish doctor, Jose Gonzalez according to F1i. "If it really is a clean fracture, there should be no need for further testing. Either way, whatever it is, it’s not a major injury.

"So it can be said, almost with complete certainty, that he could be without any problems in the pre-season tests in Bahrain."

Meanwhile, the local police where the accident occurred, issued their own statement.

"The Cantonal Police has announced that yesterday, shortly before 2 pm in Viganello, a 42-year-old Swiss driver living in the Lugano area was driving along Via La Santa in the direction of Pregassona," it reads.

"According to an initial reconstruction and for reasons that the police investigation will have to establish, while she was making a left-hand turn to enter a supermarket car park, she collided with a 39-year-old Spanish citizen, who was riding his bicycle and passing a line of stationary vehicles on the right. The collision took place against the right side of the car.

"Officers from the Cantonal Police and in support from the Lugano Police Force, as well as rescuers from the Lugano Green Cross, arrived on the scene and, after giving the cyclist initial treatment, took him by ambulance to hospital."

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1. Posted by Editor, 15/02/2021 13:35

"@ Apexing

Indeed, but sadly a sign of the times... a small minority of people forever on the lookout for something to be offended by, thereby ensuring that the rest of us refrain from voicing an opinion, or worse, attempt humour."

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2. Posted by Apexing, 15/02/2021 13:27

"@ Editor

It was a funny, innocuous comment...It's not like you're calling for Alpine to break his jaw so he can't whine about things..."

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3. Posted by Editor, 14/02/2021 19:43 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 14/02/2021 22:46)

"@ 'Trixi'

If you are going to quote - not from an "article" but from our newsletter - at least put the quote in context.

The exact quote was…

"Now that we know Fernando Alonso is OK following his accident this week, we can admit to having enjoyed a wry smile when it was revealed that the Spaniard had fractured his jaw.

"'Well, at least he won’t be able to start complaining,'" was the somewhat ungenerous thought that went through our minds.""

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4. Posted by Trixi, 14/02/2021 19:33 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 14/02/2021 22:46)

""Now that we know Fernando Alonso is OK following his accident this week, we can admit to having enjoyed a wry smile when it was revealed that the Spaniard had fractured his jaw."
This quote from the article; and I have to say I was disappointed in it's content. I am not a fan of Hamilton, but I wouldn't want even that to happen to him...IJS. "

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5. Posted by BrightonCorgi, 14/02/2021 13:29

"CH is generally well thought out with bike lanes, but I guess there wasn't any where he was? "

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6. Posted by ChickenFarmerF1, 12/02/2021 18:54

"I had a similar accident as a teenager. Some drivers are just oblivious to bicyclists. Thankfully other than minor scrapes when I hit the pavement I wasn't injured and was able to ride off from the scene. Hope Fernando is able to recover quickly."

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