Last Friday, Renault F1 Team driver Fernando Alonso was invited by the president of the Spanish government Jose Maria Aznar to a private lunch in the Moncloa palace, along with other members of the Aznar family, Renault F1 Team managing director...
Last Friday, Renault F1 Team driver Fernando Alonso was invited by the president of the Spanish government Jose Maria Aznar to a private lunch in the Moncloa palace, along with other members of the Aznar family, Renault F1 Team managing director Flavio Briatore, and Adrian Campos, Fernando Alonso's manager.
During this meal, Jose Maria Aznar told Fernando how proud he was to see the Spanish flag on Alonso's helmet. He said he was pleased at how the young driver is representing Spain across the world.
Fernando Alonso was particularly touched by this attention from the President, and grateful for his support: "He was very sensible of the impact my results have had," said Alonso after the meal. "He recognises what we are achieving and said he watches the races on television every Sunday."
Flavio Briatore said that he too was pleased with how the meeting went. "It was a nice, informal lunch. We spoke about a number of subjects, but about sport more than anything. The President said he was impressed by Fernando's growing popularity and how he is promoting Spain around the world," said Flavio Briatore.
Adrian Campos, the manager of the Renault F1 driver from the Asturias, was also delighted. "It was a very nice meal. It could never have been anything else. We were made to feel at ease straight away, and the President thanked Fernando for the work he had done for Spanish sport in general, and for Formula 1 in particular."
Following the meal, Fernando Alonso headed off to Monaco where the Renault F1 Team are going through their traditional physical preparation for the Monaco Grand Prix.