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Alonso: I'm a normal guy

Fernando Alonso says the public perception of him is wrong and that he is just a normal guy
Fernando Alonso insists he is 'just a normal guy' and that the perception many have of him couldn't be further from the truth.

The double champion isn't regarded as one of the most popular drivers on the F1 grid with fans and even countryman Jaime Alguersuari has been quoted in the Spanish press as saying that he find the Ferrari driver to be 'very cold' – although he also backed the title challenger as a 'great' F1 racer.

Alonso himself however insists that the perception people have after seeing him on track isn't the Alonso that those around him know and that he is just a normal guy doing the job he is paid to do.

"In the media we read again and again things about ourselves that are not right," he said. "People are making judgements from the outside, but that's the business.

"I am very calm and relaxed, even romantic. Actually, I'm a normal guy. I'm a little bit shy, but when everything's right, that's when the Spaniard in me comes out!"


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carole london - Unregistered

September 30, 2010 10:50 AM

I have followed fernando from the start of his career and never find him arrogant.whenever he gives an interview he always uses we (including all the team )ie we had a good race he never says i like some of the other drivers do, who i would call arrogant. When he lived in Oxford while driving for renault everybody said how nice he was always took the time to speak to people,It was the year at Mclaren when he got all the bad publicity that changed some peoples opinion of him, I think he was treated very badly there and cannot put the record straight because of the gagging order he has on him for being allowed to leave his contract early.I hope one day the truth will all come out.

Wade - Unregistered

September 30, 2010 10:54 AM

And this is EXACTLY why Alonso's saying this. Everyone thinks they know who he is and what he's like from what they've seen or heard on TV. No one but his friends and family know what he's really like.



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