Alpine F1 Team has confirmed that former Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso has been involved in a cycling accident, but is “conscious” and “well in himself”.
In an official statement, the team says Alonso will be subject to further medical examinations. It’s not clear the extent of the Spaniard’s injuries, although Spanish outlet La Gazzetta, claims Alonso was struck by a car near Lugano.
“Alpine F1 Team can confirm that Fernando Alonso has been involved in a road accident while cycling in Switzerland,” reads an official statement from Alonso’s team.
“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 reports, Alonso’s spot on the grid for next month’s F1 season opener is in doubt in the wake of the accident.
Alpine F1 has not formally announced a reserve driver. Somewhat ironically, however, it did announce its five-strong junior Alpine Academy just yesterday.
Former Toyota Racing Series drivers Guanyu Zho and Caio Collet are among the five, as is Australian Oscar Piastri, Victor Martins, and Christian Lundgaard.