Fernando Alonso says he expects to recover two weeks in January from a planned jaw operation.
Alonso was involved in a traffic accident while on a bike tour in Switzerland in February 2021 and had to undergo surgery to install titanium plates in his jaw.
The Alpine rider didn’t miss any track action following the incident, but after riding the flat tires until 2021, he’ll have to undergo another operation to have them removed before the new season.
“I think we need a good winter, that’s for sure, I have to be prepared to prepare a little better than last year because the bicycle accident in February didn’t help,” Alonso said in an interview with selected media, including MotorsportWoche .com.
âI have to remove the plates from my face this January, so I have two weeks off in January, but I’ve probably had those weeks without the surgery anyway as it’s time to relax.
âBut then we have to go into the winter tests with a good program, both physically and in the car, and prepare ourselves. And if the car is competitive, I am sure that I will be at 100 percent. “
Alonso finished 10that in the championship with 81 points and returned to the podium for the first time since 2014 with third place in Qatar.
Alonso was optimistic about Alpineâs progress through 2021 as it aims to take a step forward under the revised regulations in 2022.
“There are always a few things that we don’t have under control, the problems, but everyone will have a different opinion and that’s why we have different roles on the team,” he said.
“I’m a driver, I try to go as fast as possible, of course with experience and working for different teams I could see some things where we were weak, in other areas we were very strong and you always try make the team. ” stronger and stronger and better prepared for 2022.
âI think we’re in better shape now than we were in Bahrain in March, but we still have a few things to fix.
“But more important is whether the car is fast in February and that is an unknown situation for everyone.”