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The Lesser Known… Fernando Alonso 09 Mar 2007

Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren. McLaren Mercedes MP4/22 Launch, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia, Spain, 15 January 2007. World © Sutton Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault after qualifying.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day Suzuka, Japan, 7 October 2006 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault signs autographs for the fans.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, 29 September 2006 Winner, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, 25 June 2006

Fernando Alonso’s quiet confidence has already won him two world titles, but what of the man himself? We caught up with Spaniard to discover a little about his life outside of the cockpit…

Q: What's in your garage at home?
My Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition. It is the most beautiful road car I have even seen.

Q: Tell us something we don't know about you?
That I am claustrophobic. Being in a cockpit that is made to fit around me isn’t a problem, but I can’t even think about being stuck in a lift.

Q: Your favorite song for karaoke?
‘We are the Champions!’ by Queen.

Q: Funniest thing you've read about yourself in the press?
That I was two years younger than I am.

Q: Your most embarrassing moment?
My most frustrating moment was a kart race in 1995 when my throttle broke suddenly when I was leading.

Q: When you're at home, what do you listen to when driving?
Red Hot Chili Peppers or some Spanish pop music.

Q: Best part of being a Formula One driver - apart from the driving?
Getting to explore the world.

Q: Your most prized possession?
My collection of small model cars.

Q: What would you be if you weren’t a racing driver?
A cyclist or a football player.

Q: Person you most admire?
My father.

Q: Do you have any bad habits?
To be too sincere.

Q: Last good deed you did?
I don’t think it’s good to be conceited about good deeds.

Q: Who would you want to play you in a movie?
(Spanish actor) Alberto San Juan.