Fernando Alonso says he's 'OK and looking forward' to 2021 F1 season with Alpine after jaw surgery following road crash

FERNANDO ALONSO has declared that he is feeling 'OK' after suffering a fractured jaw in a cycling accident.

The two-time F1 champion came off his road bike in Switzerland on Thursday afternoon and needed hospital treatment.

The 39-year-old will spend a further two days in hospital – with his partner Linda Morselli by his side – as he recovers from surgery on his jaw and teeth.

His Italian model girlfriend has reportedly been keeping relatives updated on his condition via WhatsApp.

Taking to social media, Alonso said: "Thanks for all your wishes, I'm OK and looking forward to getting 2021 underway."

A statement from his Alpine F1 team – formerly Renault – said: "Following his cycling accident Fernando Alonso was kept under observation in hospital in Switzerland.

"Medics discovered a fracture in his upper jaw and conducted a successful corrective operation.

"The attending medical team are satisfied with his progress. Fernando will remain under observation in hospital for a further 48 hours.

"Looking forward, after a few days of complete rest, he will be able to progressively resume training.

"We expect him to be fully operational to undertake preparation for the season."

A police report confirmed the F1 star collided with a Swiss driver, who was turning into a supermarket.

Alonso is set to make his F1 return in a month's time at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix after quitting McLaren in 2018.

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez was among those to wish his compatriot a speedy recovery, tweeting on Thursday night: “All my best wishes for Fernando Alonso.

“We hope his injuries from this accident are minimal. A big hug.”

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