Hero Alonso rebuffs Bernie slur

Fri, 12 May 2006, 08:31

Fernando Alonso has rejected Bernie Ecclestone’s claim that he is not a hard-working world champion.

In a metaphorical slight of the F1 supremo’s complaint, the 24-year-old Spanish superhero – signing autographs and smiling at their chants – thrilled masses of compatriots who thronged in the Barcelona pitlane on Thursday.

”I go testing,” he had earlier said, ”I go to promotional events. I race, I do my maximum. I don’t know what more I have to do.

”There’s nothing more in my contract I have to do.”

But it’s also not in any contract that 32,000 Spaniards – in lovely weather – cause a deafening roar on the day before any track action will take place at the Circuit de Catalunya.

A sell-out 130,000, each paying around $250 for the privilege, are expected on Sunday afternoon.

Asked whether he thought Bernie’s criticism of Alonso was fair, Michael Schumacher smiled: ”If you look around at the people he has (attracted) here, that is your answer.”gmmf1 dailyf1news.com

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