Motor racing: Alonso leaves hospital to continue recovery at home

Fernando Alonso is due to make his Formula One comeback this season with the Alpine team after two years out of the sport.
Fernando Alonso is due to make his Formula One comeback this season with the Alpine team after two years out of the sport.PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso has left hospital in Switzerland four days after being hit by a car while riding a bicycle, his Alpine team said on Monday (Feb 15).

Footage from Spanish television network Cuatro showed Alonso, 39, leaving the hospital in Berne, where he had undergone surgery to treat a fractured jaw sustained in the crash near his home in Lugano.

The two-time world champion, who won the Singapore Grand Prix in 2008 and 2010, is due to make his Formula One comeback this season with the Alpine (formerly Renault) team after two years out of the sport.

"After a period of 48 hours observation at hospital... Fernado Alonso has now been discharged to continue his recovery at home," Alpine said in a statement.

"He will now have a short period of complete rest before progressively resuming training to undertake preparation for the start of the season."

The season starts in Bahrain on March 28.