Alonso’s thumbs insured

4.26.2010
Madrid, 26 April – Fernando Alonso’s thumbs are safe. The Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver received as a present from Banco Santander a life insurance, including his thumbs, worth ten million Euros: this has been announced at the Banco Santander headquarters at Ciudad Financiera in Boadilla del Monte, near Madrid, this morning, during a press conference with Alonso, the Head of the Banca Commercial España Enrique Garcia Candela and Seguros y Banca Directa Global General Director Jorge Moran.

“Being close to risk in my profession made me understand that protection is a fundamental aspect. I knew that Santander is the best bank in the world, but now I discovered that they are also leaders in insurances. So I could only choose one of the best possible partners in this field.”

At the meeting with the press Alonso was also asked about the Formula 1 Championship. “I wasn’t happy with things Sunday night in Shanghai, but now, with a cool head, I can be really satisfied with this start of the season,” Fernando said. “We didn’t always gain what we could have according to our potential, but we’re fighting for the title and this is what counts more than anything else, considering that in the last two years after four races it was already clear that I didn’t have a chance. The problems with the engines? I’m not worried at all, I know that the team is working hard to fix them and I’m convinced that I’ll have a reliable and strong engine available, just as I know that they are giving it their all in Maranello to introduce several new solutions for the F10 for the Spanish Grand Prix.”

The next F1 race will be held on Fernando’s home track, the Circuit de Catalunya: “I will race there for the first time with a Ferrari, so the grandstands will be covered in red, I’m pretty sure about that, just my fans from Asturias might contrast to it a little, because they’re usually dressed in blue.”

The event ended with a meeting with some children of the Banco Santander’s employees at the Ciudad Financiera, and with the shooting of a TV commercial, which will be aired in Spain during the race in Barcelona.

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