Alonso: The goal is to be world champion in 2017
McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso answered questions from his fans on on Twitter, here are some answers that give us insights into the double Formula 1 world champion’s current state-of-mind:
What do you expect from the 2017 F1 season?
FA: The goal is to be world champion. Hopefully we can be more competitive.
What do you think of the idea of introducing refueling again?
FA: I found refueling great.
When should a boy start karting?
FA: Between the ages of eight and fourteen.
Do you play Pokemon go?
FA: Noooooooooo !!
Is there a musical instrument that you find particularly relaxing? And one that you annoying?
FA: I find the sound of a piano very relaxing. I am not a big fan of the flute, maybe because we had to play it in school….
Which two young drivers you would choose to be in your team?
FA: Carlos Sainz and Stoffel Vandoorne.
If you could choose the location of your first victory for McLaren-Honda, where would it be?
Will you write an autobiography as some point?
FA: Yes. And I plan to start writing soon.
What was the hardest moment in your racing career?
FA: When I was a F1 test driver in 2002, because I always wanted to drive in the races.
What was the hardest of all of your races?
FA: Malaysia 2005. [A very hot and humid day at Sepang, where he raced with a fever and went on to win]
If you were a footballer, what position would you play?
FA: Midfield. Like Xabi Alonso. [Wink and smiley emoticon]
If you and a teammate were trapped in an elevator which teammate would you choose to be with you?
FA: With Fisichella.
Should we have more or less than 21 grand prix races in a season?
FA: I found 16 to 18 Grands Prix fine.
Which country or race would you like to have back on the F1 calendar?
FA: Magny-Cours in France.
Alonso is one of the most active Formula 1 drivers on Twitter, shortly after he joined the social media service he explained, “Since I started using Twitter, I am the one who says what I am doing.”
“Before, it could be said that I was spending my holiday with elephants or that I was having dinner with Obama, but now for example, I can be the one to say that I was in Italy, skiing on New Year’s day before going to Russia and from there to Brazil to take part in the kart race organised by Felipe.”
“Tweeting means I can be in direct contact with my fans, to help them discover aspects of my job that they would never get to know otherwise.”
“Of course, I can’t say everything because in Formula One, a lot of information has to remain confidential, but I think it is still a fun and useful tool.”