LONDON — Fernando Alonso is match and ‘absolutely operational’ after jaw surgical procedure and can be nice for Components One’s pre-season testing in Bahrain, his Alpine crew boss mentioned on Tuesday.
The double world champion fractured his jaw in a collision with a automobile whereas biking on a street close to his house in Switzerland final month.
“Fernando is doing very nicely,” Alpine chief government Laurent Rossi advised reporters on the on-line launch of the crew’s new A521 automobile, with the Spaniard absent.
“He had a foul incident. A motorbike accident isn’t one thing that goes straightforward, however he was fortunate, and he ended up solely affected by his jaw… the remainder is completely nice. Fernando is totally match. He’s completely operational.
“We’re even stunned that he is recovered so rapidly. He confirmed to us instantly nearly after the incident that he can be in Bahrain, which has been confirmed along with his docs,” added Rossi.
“It appears to be like like he was proper as a result of he is completely match, and we’re trying ahead to seeing him subsequent week within the automobile.”
Components One’s solely pre-season check is in Bahrain from March 12-14. The season begins there on March 28.
Davide Brivio, the crew’s new sporting director, mentioned Alonso was extraordinarily motivated for his comeback after two years out of the game and on the age of 39.
“I can really feel chatting with him, you may see how laborious he is working, how robust is his want to be again,” mentioned the Italian.
Brivio, who has joined from MotoGP champions Suzuki, mentioned the Spaniard was not returning only for the sake of it however needed success.
“He is fairly demanding however that is what I like,” he added. “We’d like any such driver that is actually eager to place the whole lot collectively, to attempt the utmost.”
Russian Daniil Kvyat can be Alpine F1 reserve driver this season, the Renault-owned crew mentioned.
Kvyat misplaced his race seat at Crimson Bull-owned AlphaTauri to Japan’s Yuki Tsunoda on the finish of final season. The 26-year-old additionally served as Ferrari reserve in 2018 when he was additionally dropped by Crimson Bull.
He has made 110 race begins thus far, with three podium finishes.
“In a yr of pandemic, it will be significant for us to have a robust backup, and Daniil has confirmed that he is a really fast and dependable driver beneath very tough situations,” mentioned Rossi.
“He has already scored three podiums on the age of 26, so we’re very, very glad to have somebody who’s going to have the ability to step up if the necessity arises and rating the factors, take the automobile the place it needs to be on the finish of the road.”
Alpine have Frenchman Esteban Ocon, 24, and Alonso as their race lineup.
Their reserve final yr, because the Renault crew, was Russian Sergey Sirotkin. Chinese language driver Guanyu Zhou would be the check driver.
Six of the 20 Components One drivers have contracted COVID-19 to this point, with three together with Mercedes’ seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton lacking races final season and requiring a alternative.
The 2021 season begins in Bahrain on March 28.