Face to face with Fernando

5.6.2012
Here the second chapter of the virtual meeting through which Fernando Alonso replies to many questions sent to him via his Twitter and Facebook accounts. The answers can be found on the Spanish driver’s site, www.fernandoalonso.com, while here we publish those answers that touch on the subject ‘Fernando’.

Aarón Ruiz @ hharry33 (TT)
Pizza or sandwich? Beach or mountain? Dog or cat? Series or film? Champions League final or NBA finals?

Pizza, mountain, dog, series, mmm… Probably NBA…

Patricia @ Khaleesi_P (TT)
How long is your bed? On what side of the bed do you sleep? How many hours do you usually sleep? Do you snore? Do you dream?

I spend more than 270 nights sleeping in hotels, so I don´t know how long it is… ;)) The bigger, the better!! Right side, 9-10 hours, I don´t snore (I sleep-talk sometimes). I don´t usually dream.

ArMandoErtaco (TT)
Are you afraid of travelling alone being who you are?

I don´t think I am different to anybody else!!! No, I´m not scared… :))

Javibega 49 (TT)
Is it hard for you to live so far away from your family and friends? You´ve been travelling around the world for so many years…

Try and imagine it! It must be hard for any human being not to be with the people who matter most to them 270 nights a year.

hernandezarenes (TT)
What is your favorite quote?

“Piano piano, si arriva lontano.”

xbqq (TT)
#askAlo Hola! Have you ever imagined what you would have been if you weren’t an F1 driver? Who would you be? What kind of job would you have? What kind of life would you live?

I love sports, so I imagine myself doing a different sport (cycling, football…). If not, maybe I would have studied Mathematics and become a teacher (it was my favourite subject at school) :))))

Ewa :) @ LillaMyF1 (TT)
#askAlo A simple question: Are you ambidextrous? In some photos it looks like you using your left hand and in others your right one ;))

That’s difficult to answer… ;)) I’ve used my left hand to write since I was a kid, but at school, teachers always tried to make me change to my right hand. So I’m a bit of a mix now, I’ve got more strength with my left, I play football with my right, tennis with my left for serving and right for playing… So, as I said, it’s difficult to answer, I guess we can say ambidextrous!! ;))

Francesca Manes (FB)
What is the thing you most hate doing?

To iron shirts!!

Nyiraty Szabolcs (FB)
Is there any place you have never been and would like to visit?

The North Pole.

javyRayo (TT)
Could you define in one word: Spain, Italy, Ferrari, Real Madrid and yourself?

Spain: Life
Italy: Tradition
Ferrari: Passion
Real Madrid: Friends
Myself: …?? Warrior


Xixipetit 35 (TT)
Where, when, how and with whom did you start cycling? What do you like more road cycling or mountain bike? Greetings from Mallorca.

I started cycling with my father when I was a child, and then on my own. It´s a sport where you need nothing more than a bike and a helmet to get to know yourself and your body, teach it to suffer and sacrifice itself. I prefer road cycling…

dona_fan ... (TT)
How many languages can you speak? Good luck for Sunday and for the rest of the year.

Spanish, Italian, English and French.

Asuncion Fernandez Diaz (FB)
How many driving licenses do you have? I mean: motorcycles, cars, trucks, planes…

Hi! I have a car and motorcycle licence.

dsg2107 (TT)
Why have you waited so long to show the Fernando of now and let another image of you be created?

I think I´ve always shown myself as I am. People that have known me for years usually say that I haven´t changed. In fact, I think that essentially I have the same views as before on important things. Many times when I read my quotes on the covers of newspapers I feel very distant from that character. It’s as if it’s not me. Then you see columns making opinions, signed by people who don’t even know you and have never spoken to you. Between one thing and another, a character has been created which has nothing or little to do with me…Until now…

adferfer 7 (TT)
How is your track in Asturias doing?

I´d like to say that it´s going well. The circuit is completely finished. We are talking about the best go-kart track in the world, and something that I’m very excited about for the coming years. But that´s a reality that comes hand in hand with a very different one. The construction of the museum is delayed and I’m afraid that we’re not going to be able to inaugurate the facilities this year, as we would have liked. Every attempt we’ve made to unblock the situation has crashed the current political situation in Asturias. We’re going to continue to wait, but won’t do so indefinitely…

Lidia Baños @ lidia_dean (TT)
What is the funniest thing the press has said about you?

I´ve got some very good friends that are journalists. It´s a subject that we usually laugh about at almost every Grand Prix. Rarely do you find a week without a dramatic scoop. I´ve had to read how my best friend was flying the plane I crashed with in Kenya, meetings and impossible signings with other teams… So many times people come up to me and say to me: “I know you can’t say anything about it, but I’ve heard that…”. What are you supposed to answer? If you can´t say anything!! ahahah

Mayte Mariño Alvarez (FB)
Which book have you read and said…? Wow!! It’s worth reading again… Good luck for this weekend, Kiddo!

The way of the Samurai, The art of war, and The Assassins´ Bridge (written by Pérez Reverte), they kept me company during the Asian swing.

Maria Cristina Rama (FB)
I guess you are aware of the jokes Buenafuente makes to persuade you to go to his TV show. Will you ever go?

Never say never. If he still has a show on TV in the future…

María Cristina Rama Gómez (FB)
Who did you first call after that third position in Brazil 2005?

My mother.

María Cristina Rama Gómez (FB)
Recently you said that it was easier to see you winning the Championship, than for Real Madrid to do the double. Are you so sure about it?

This is an example of how they alter what you say. During a radio interview, I was asked the one million dollar question: “What is easier? For you to win the Championship or for Madrid to do the double?” The first thing that goes through your mind is to say that you don’t know and that both cases are very difficult. But as the whole interview has a pessimistic tone and given the car’s performance so far, I said: “It’s easier for me to win”. And you get a good laugh out of it just by seeing the look on their faces! If you listen to the interview that’s the tone and intention of the answer. What you read one day later in big bold letters makes them sell more newspapers but it doesn’t tell the truth.

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