Alonso to miss Alpine season launch

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso will miss Alpine F1’s season launch as he continues his recovery from a bicycle crash, the team has advised.

Alonso was involved in a collision with a car in Lugano just over a fortnight ago which led to him undergoing surgery for a broken jaw.

Alpine advised after that procedure that it expected the two-time world champion to be “fully operational to undertake preparation for the season”, although he will miss the virtual launch of its A521 in the United Kingdom on March 2.

“We regret to confirm that Fernando Alonso will not be present for the media Q&A on this occasion,” read a team statement.

“The sanitary situation and corresponding regulations in place do not allow him to do any communications and marketing activities while he undertakes his critical season preparation.

“We will instead publish a Q&A with Fernando for media use and he will be available for media in Bahrain for official pre-season testing.”

Esteban Ocon, who joined what was then known as the Renault F1 Team last year, will be present for the launch, as will Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi, team executive director Marcin Budkowski, and new racing director Davide Brivio.

Pre-season testing takes place at the Bahrain International Circuit on March 12-14.

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