The Renault driver, who was controversially penalised by stewards at Monza last weekend before suffering an engine failure in the race, said on Tuesday that he had bruised his knee in an unspecified practice incident in Italy.
”We took the decision not to test this week to let it recover in the best way possible,” said Alonso, who admitted that he raced with the problem on Sunday.
Spanish reports say Alonso, who is also quoted early this week as slamming the retiring Michael Schumacher, will be replaced at Jerez by teammate Giancarlo Fisichella.
On ‘Radio Marca’, the 25-year-old Alonso called his 2006 championship rival the ‘most unsporting driver in the history of formula one’.
He also admitted to contemplating not racing at Monza after stewards took away his three best qualifying laps.
”You think about not racing, but it goes away quickly once you put your helmet on,” Alonso said.