Fernando Alonso said his return to Formula One would not be affected by the jaw fracture he suffered earlier this year.
Alonso’s preparations retreated last month when the bike was knocked off in Switzerland. He suffered a fracture of his upper jaw and underwent surgery to wear two titanium plates to help he recover.
The injury forced him to change his training regime, which also meant that he hadn’t traveled to the UK to launch a new Alpine car for the first time since the brand name was changed from Renault.
“I’m fine,” Alonso told Bahrain, hosting the F1 preseason test. “I’m happy to come here, go back to the paddock and go back to sports first. After the accident four weeks ago, I had to relax at home for 10 days and a little after surgery.
“After nine or ten days, I returned to my normal fitness and preparation routine. I missed the start of the team because of the very tight restrictions between Switzerland and the UK at the time, but I felt good.”
Titanium plates will be removed at the end of the season.
“Honestly, I don’t think it’s a problem,” Alonso added. “I’ve been training for three or two weeks now and it’s perfectly normal. I’m also in the simulator on Mondays and Tuesdays, so it didn’t really affect my preparation.
“I was happy in a way just missing a few marketing and shooting days. Then I got everything back yesterday afternoon and had a very intense marketing day. I’m fine.
“Obviously, I’m 100% professional and driving. Personally, I need to remove the two titanium plates on the upper jaw that will be removed at the end of the season.
“So something is still happening at the end of the championship, but it doesn’t affect my professional life.”
Fernando Alonso wore a titanium plate for jaw surgery
https://www.espn.com/f1/story/_/id/31050457/fernando-alonso-had-titanium-plates-fitted-jaw-surgery Fernando Alonso wore a titanium plate for jaw surgery