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While Fernando Alonso had a rather disappointing outing, coming to a grinding halt just three corners into his out-lap on Friday, what he did with his time after that has attracted a fair amount of interest.
When the Spaniard learned that his doomed MCL32 needed yet another power unit change, he merrily decided to leave the circuit and go play tennis instead.
While Alonso’s decision raised a few laughs, he was adamant that his actions only show that he cares about his preparation.
“I have very little time in these weeks, with travelling, with planes,” Alonso said.
“So when I discovered that I had two hours free, instead of being on the sofa and watching television, I went for some training. My dedication is still 100 percent to my fitness and my preparation.
“It wasn’t humour to go outside the circuit to play tennis.
“It was preparation. People got it wrong. I went out to have some fun and escape the circuit.”
Alonso also said that the problems that McLaren is currently undergoing as far as its engine is concerned should not be seen as a blot on his own credentials. He simply has nothing to do with it, he believes, and perhaps rightly so.
He added, “It is not my career, my ability, my image at stake… it is their career, ability, money and image.
“I try to support the team and drive as fast as I can, but the problem is not entirely mine. It is much bigger for them.”