UPDATE: Fernando Alonso Injured in Cycling Accident in Switzerland
Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso was involved in cycling accident in Switzerland.
Alonso, 39, who has a residence in Lugano, Switzerland, is returning to Formula in 2021 with the Alpine F1 team.
"Alpine F1 Team can confirm that Fernando Alonso has been involved in a road accident while cycling in Switzerland," the team said in a Thursday press release. "Fernando is conscious and well in himself and is awaiting further medical examinations tomorrow morning.
"Alpine F1 Team will not make any further statement at this point in time. Further updates will be given tomorrow."
According to media outlet Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy, Alonso was examined at a hospital near Lugano and X-rays showed that he has a fractured jaw and damage to his teeth. He is being sent to a hospital in Bern. He is conscious.
According to the Courier del Ticino, the local newspaper of the region, Alonso was hit by a car on Via La Santa in Viganello, which is a downtown district of Lugano.
Apline F1 Team Update Feb. 2 5:33 a.m., ET
Alpine F1 Team Statement
12th February 2021
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.