The two-time world champion Fernando Alonso was involved in a traffic accident while cycling in Switzerland

The Spaniard, who is returning to Formula 1 this season after a two-year absence, is, according to his Alpine team, “conscious and in good health”

Alpine said Alonso would have further medical exams on Friday without confirming whether he was in the hospital

Sources close to Alonso say he was hit by a car near his home in Lugano and that his jaw fractured

It is said that he will be brought to Bern, where there is a special unit that deals with such injuries

The incident raises questions about whether Alonso can start the season next month in Bahrain

The pre-season tests will take place from 12 until 14 March in Bahrain before the first race on 26 and 28 March instead of

Alonso, winner of 32 Grand Prix and World Champion in 2005 and 2006, left F1 in late 2018 after four seasons with an uncompetitive McLaren to pursue other interests in racing

In the past two years, he achieved a second consecutive victory with Toyota at the Le Mans 24 Hours and the World Endurance Championship, competed twice unsuccessfully at the Indianapolis 500 and took part in the Dakar Rally

He said he was returning to Formula 1 because he loves driving and competition, and he hopes Alpine, the former Renault team, will be competitive when new technical rules are introduced in 2022

The team scored three podiums last year, two for Daniel Ricciardo, now at McLaren, and one for Esteban Ocon, who will be Alonso’s teammate in 2021

When he returned to McLaren in 2015, he suffered a concussion in a preseason accident and was forced to skip the first race in Australia while he recovered

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