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Alpine CEO surprised by Alonso's quick return to fitness

Although Fernando Alonso wasn't present for Alpine's car launch on Tuesday, Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi confirmed the Spaniard will be ready for pre-season testing in Bahrain following his recent bike accident.

Fernando Alonso will be fit and ready when Alpine take part in pre-season testing in Bahrain on March 12, with Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi stating he's surprised by the Spaniard's quick return to fitness. The 39-year-old was involved in a cycling accident in Switzerland while preparing for the new season. He suffered a fractured jaw that required surgery, however we will soon see him in an Alpine car as confirmed by Rossi. "Yes, absolutely," Rossi told members of the media including RacingNews365.com when asked if Alonso will be fit for testing. "Fernando is doing very well. Obviously he had a bike accident that was not easy, but he was lucky and he ended up only suffering [an injury] to his jaw. So besides the necessary surgery to his his jaw, the rest is totally fine. "Fernando is completely fit. We were even surprised that he's recovered so quickly. So he confirmed to us immediately almost after the incident that he will be here in Bahrain, which has been confirmed with his doctors and it looks like he was right because he's absolutely fit. We are looking forward to seeing him next week in the car."

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