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Alonso blasts Spanish speed limit reduction

Ferrari star and double F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso argues that the Spanish government's decision to reduce the motorway speed limit in the country will make it 'hard to stay awake'
Double F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso has hit out at a move by the Spanish government to cut the speed limit on motorways in the country, arguing that there are better ways to save fuel consumption and the environment and claiming that 'at 110km/h (68mph), it is hard to stay awake'.

The decision to reduce the maximum speed from 120km/h (74mph) to 110km/h was made as part of efforts designed to slash Spain's fuel bill following the hike in global oil prices in the wake of all the Middle Eastern conflict of late.

According to the country's Deputy Prime Mininster, Perez Rubalcaba, the move – due to come into force on Monday – will save in the region of £1.25 billion in oil imports, and public transport prices will be cut by five per cent accordingly as an incentive to encourage people off the roads.

However, Alonso has slammed the decision, with the Daily Mail quoting the Ferrari star as blasting: “I don't support this measure. There are other much more effective measures to reduce fuel consumption than this one. At 110km/h, it is hard to stay awake.”

The last time the speed limit was similarly reduced in Spain – during the 1976 oil crisis – accidents reportedly increased, and former GP2-turned-WTCC ace Javier Villa agrees with his compatriot in asserting that 'studies have established that the lower the speed, the lower the concentration and the driver is more relaxed, so Fernando Alonso is not wrong at all'.

The Popular Party, Spain's conservative opposition, has accused the measure of being 'soviet' and contends that changing all of the road signs will be both costly and time-consuming, whilst a figure of £425 million in lost tax earnings has also been mooted.

The announcement comes as the British Government is conversely evaluating proposals to give the economy a timely boost by increasing the speed limit on motorways from 70mph to 80mph.



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richard

March 02, 2011 7:13 PM

dread, the use of bigger wheels increases the size of the contact footprint! a old mini with 10 inch wheels has a far smaller footprint than a modern mini on 18 inchers. further there has been a fantastic increase of the stiction capabilities of the modern tyre, probably doubling the grip provided.

Elite - Unregistered

March 02, 2011 2:22 PM

Amazing how despite the advances in vehicles the speed limits have remained constant. We have vehicles that are more powerful, travel faster stop quicker and handle better than ever, but we maintain the speed limits of the Morris Minor era. In every other aspect of life, doing something quicker is considered better and progressive. With driving and other travel, speed is the enemy and suddenly slower is better.



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