Fernando Alonso Will Be Good to Go Before Bahrain F1 Test, Claims Doctor ‘Almost With Complete Certainty’

Published 02/12/2021, 2:50 AM EST
SPA, BELGIUM – Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren Honda talks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


The F1 world was shocked when reports emerged that Alpine F1 driver Fernando Alonso had been involved in a road accident. However, fans’ anxiety was put to rest when further details stated that he suffered a dislocated jaw and some broken teeth, but nothing more serious.

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Nevertheless, with Alonso still recuperating in a hospital in Bern, Switzerland, the attention quickly shifts to the sporting repercussions of his injury. The pre-season tests in Bahrain start exactly a month from now.

Will the two-time world champion recover in time? Is he in danger of not only missing the tests but also the season opener? We may finally have some concrete answers to those questions by a person certified to give medical knowledge.

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Dr. Jose Gonzalez, writing for AS.com, said that the injury is “Nothing serious or important.”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. Fernando Alonso of McLaren immediately after his crash. Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso should compete in pre-season testing, says the doctor

The report further stated (translated by Google), “The prognosis was clarified with the information that arrived that the blow took him in the jaw and teeth. If there is a mandibular fracture, as it seems, they would do more tests because they want to see well if there is displacement or not and, if necessary, put a plate on it. 

Because if it really is a clean fracture, there should be no 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 preseason tests in Bahrain.”

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO. Fernando Alonso of McLaren F1 walks in the Paddock. Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

That should also put the French team at ease. With Alonso returning to the F1 scene after three years, they would want the Spaniard to get in as many laps under his belt as possible before the season kicks off.

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The shortened schedule, as it is, wasn’t doing them any favors. So this news would be a big boost for their championship hopes.

Alonso is a critical factor for the team if they aim to end the season as the ‘best of the rest’. Despite having three major options to replace him, Fernando is still one of the best going around.

Regardless, it will be great to see Alonso back on the track soon. We wish him a speedy recovery.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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