More on Alonso

The Alpine F1 team reports that Fernando Alonso has undergone a corrective operation to repair a fracture in his upper jaw. This has been successful and he will stay in hospital for a while under observation. The upper jaw is known as the maxilla and holds the upper teeth and shapes the middle of the face and supports the nose.

The doctors are satisfied with his progress. Alonso should be able to resume training in a few days and the team expects him be fully operational to undertake preparation for the season.

One presumes that somewhere along the way any missing or damaged teeth will also have to be repaired or replaced.

26 thoughts on “More on Alonso

  1. Gave up riding bikes when I realised they were only for kami khazi pilots, bought an inexpensive dyno and pedal happily wherever, no matter what the weather. 2 minute dismount when emergency transport needed.
    Back in the early 1960s Volvo, the originators of motor vehicle safety, found that speed difference was a bigger cause of accidents than outright speed. In those days light traffic meant riding was not a suicide activity.
    Wish Alonso well, no snogging for a week or two ! poor bloke !!

  2. Did Fernando fall off a bicycle or was it a dark alley meeting with Ron Dennis? Having had similar bi-lateral Le Fort No.4 fracture facial injuries (Lotus 62B) and a poor subsequent repair, facetious comment notwithstanding, I have every sympathy with him.

  3. One presumes that somewhere along the line any missing teeth will also be repaired or replaced. The comments masks nightmares for many of us. Glad he will be ready. Perhaps this will ensure he talks himself less out of another team.

    1. Dear Joe, all
      Terry, with due respect, do you always take cheap shots at people who are injured, or, do you just specialise in Fernando?
      Personally, as a retired Registered Nurse, I think your entry is as lacking in taste as it is in wit. (Please note, I’m commenting on the entry, not its author).

      Lots of fans loathe & detest Fernando.
      Personally, I think that if people want to attack Alonso’s character, they might do well to recall that when Robert Kubica had his terrible accident, it was Alonso, on holidays, who chartered a chopper and flew straight to the hospital to do what he could to be of support. As far as I can recall, no one else did.


      1. Heer Heer,

        I know personally some teamates from Fernando’s non F1 activities since he started his sabbatical and he is very misunderstood according to them. Very driven, k OWS what he wants but works in the team environment. Maybe F1 is different.

        I’m not a fan of Hamilton the personality, but admire the racing driver. I would never wish harm on him just because I don’t like part of his persona.

  4. Alonzo’s accident was a classical car vs. bicycle: the car turned left in front of him. The car driver was at fault, at least here in California he would be. Don’t know about Switzerland. I wish Alonzo good luck. A broken jaw is no joke.

    1. We lived in Holland for a while converting a Dutch barge and were told that the law was that the car driver was always guilty, regardless. Our experience was that Dutch cyclists were much more sensible and rarely guilty of kami khazi activities.

    1. The cantonal police report that yesterday just before 2 pm in Viganello, a 42-year-old Swiss motorist domiciled in the Lugano area was driving in the via La Santa in the direction of Pregassona. According to an initial reconstruction – and for reasons that the police investigation will have to establish – while making a left turn manoeuvre to enter a supermarket parking lot, there was a collision with a 39-year-old Spanish citizen, who was riding his bicycle, passing a queue of stationary vehicles. Coming in the opposite direction, on the right of the waiting cars. The collision occurred on the right side of the turning car.

      The cantonal police and the Lugano police and first responders of the Green Cross treated to the cyclist and transported him by ambulance to the local hospital. The 39-year-old suffered a fractured jaw.

      1. From that description it looks like Alonso rode into the car while travelling on the nearside of the stationary cars, rather than the car hitting him. I wonder if cyclists have to be insured in Switzerland? We had our little Honda Jazz runabout written off by a young kamikaze cyclist rounding a rural junction with high hedges on his wrong side of the road into our stationary car! Rider no insurance and lucky to be alive! Hope Fernando recovers in time for testing.

      2. I’d like to revise my comment: If Alonzo was indeed riding to the right of stationary traffic HE WAS AT FAULT. One of the most dangerous things you can do an a bike is ride along to the right of stopped cars. I did it-we all do, it’s one of the advantages of riding a bike, but if I saw a driveway or intersection I slowed up and made sure nobody was crossing. Sorry, Fernando, it’s your fault.

        1. I thought you ride closest to the pavement. In 🇬🇧🇳🇿🇦🇺🇿🇦 amongst others that means you ride on the left as we drive on the left. But as Jeremy Clarkson would point out in Europe they drive on the wrong side of the road, so would assume it’s the right side?

        2. Err, perhaps not Phil…
          Clearly visible on Google Earth on via La Santa along its length is a particularly wide cycle path in Alonso’s direction of travel separate from the road and the pedestrian pavement. Looks at least 2m wide (social distance!!)
          If Alonso was indeed on the cylcepath he was clearly not at fault.
          When motorist crosses a cyclepath at 90 degrees to direction of travel, it must be treated like the road and must be clear of users before crossing. Clearly and absolutely the motorists liability to cross safely.

        3. Interestingly a proposed UK revision of the Highway Code and presumably motoring laws is suggesting that a hierarchy of “blame/responsibility” should be developed depending on the size of the road user/vehicle – ie pedestrian, cyclist (electric scooters?), car, small commercial vehicle, large goods vehicle etc. I think Denmark has a strict liability law with regard to vehicle/cycle incidents, but they try and segregate them on the road. I also gave up cycling on the road even though I live in a rural area as people simply drive without due care and attention. Anyway – still wish Fernando best wishes for a swift recovery.

        4. Unless there was a bike lane or similar between the non-moving cars and the kerb. I once got taken out in similar fashion when riding – legally – in a bus lane. Did a neat three-quarter somersault and landed flat on my back on the car’s bonnet.

  5. Dear Joe, all
    Looking back on my previous entry, I failed to say one very relevant thing…
    Thank the motor racing deities that Fernando did not come out of the accident in worse condition, and, most especially, that he wasn’t killed.

    This guy cops a truckload of slagging off because people see him as petulant/difficult/divisive. Yet few people take the time to consider that he is a human being, who reportedly works his guts out to be at his optimal physically and psychologically at the start of the season.
    And yet, when he takes actions or makes utterances that aren’t towing the party line, and teams are providing him with sub optimal tools to do the job, or, cost him races by screwing up on strategy, he gets sh*tcanned. The comment about the Honda PU being an F2 Motor was not necessarily undeserved.
    People seem to forget that the utter ballsup by McLaren in the 2018, where someone got the conversion of inches to mm (or vice versa), the prioritising of respraying of the body work to the correct shade of papaya orange over car prep, and the subsequent failure to qualify, did not result in a Fernando dummy spit that would have been utterly justified.
    That he was allowed to attend the young driver test was somewhat controversial, but, the fact that, in his first time in the car, his times were faster than either Ocon’s or Ricciardo’s fastest times in qualifying on the previous weekend, when they each had been driving it all season, was extremely impressive. (I make this comment without knowledge of comparative track conditions)
    I think, too, the fact that he drove the wheels off whatever he was seated in, whether a brilliant vehicle, or one that ought have been cocking its leg on a telephone pole, frequently gets forgotten.
    If Alpine can provide him with a vehicle that is mid field competitive, there may be several drivers whose reputations are somewhat tarnished by the end of the season.

    1. Martin Brundle once described Alonso as “easy to admire but difficult to like”. It is very easy to focus on just one of those characteristics whilst ignoring the other.

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