Former F1 Team Boss Urges Fernando Alonso to Stop Cycling After Scary Accident

Published 02/22/2021, 4:43 AM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Fernando Alonso of McLaren and Spain immediately after his crash during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)


Fernando Alonso is making a much-awaited comeback after a two-year break from Formula 1. However, the Spaniard’s return was shrouded by a cloud of uncertainty after he met with an accident while cycling in Switzerland. Flavio Briatore, Alonso’s guide, talked about the Spaniard’s recent accident.

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Briatore guided the 2021 Alpine F1 driver to his two F1 championships with Renault back in 2005 and 2006. In the interview, he talked about Alonso’s return, hunger for success, and the bicycling injury.

“Fernando is very fit, apart [from] the accident, he met with the bike. I tell Fernando, I talk with him every day, you know? I tell Fernando to stop with his bike because in the bike you’re very dangerous.”

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“I tell if you do not stop with the bike, I lock you in the garage,” said Flavio Briatore on his efforts into getting the Spaniard off his bicycle.

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The break from F1 was good for Fernando Alonso, explains Briatore

Fernando Alonso retired from the sport at the end of 2018. After F1, the former champion conquered the 24 Hours Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship. However, he missed the thrill and speed of F1 and decided to come back to the sport.

Briatore explained that the break from F1 was positive for the Spaniard. “He is very very motivating. I believe two years out of F1 for him was good.

“Because first, it’s re-motivating again, especially when you’re driving the car and know the possibility to win is a lot of refresher for a driver like that,” he shared.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Fernando Alonso poses for a picture with the Renault R25 before driving a lap Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

Alonso was hospitalized after a cycling crash in Switzerland earlier this month. He underwent surgery to correct a fractured jaw and was later discharged after a 48-hour observation period.

The Spaniard will be back to training after a short period of rest to recover from the injury. He is not expected to miss any races this season and will hopefully come through with his much-awaited comeback on the grid.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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