World champion Fernando Alonso has appeared third on a list of people Spaniards would most like to have a beer with.
The 25-year-old attracted 5.9 per cent of a vote published by the Ipsos News Center, on behalf of the Spanish beer producers association.
Alonso was beaten to the top spot by Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, with six per cent, and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who got the nod from 11.8% of the respondents.
The McLaren driver’s notable popularity among beer drinkers is, however, interesting, given team boss Ron Dennis’ imposition earlier in 2007 of a total alcohol ban for the team’s driver lineup.
Dennis had said: “We don’t see why (our) drivers need to have even one drink in the course of a season.”