Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso is undergoing intensive training in Dubai while his rivals take to the track at the Formula 1 preseason testing at Jerez circuit.
On his Twitter account Alonso has released pictures of himself working out in a gym and also a short video clip showing him cycling at a well known and popular cycle path on the outskirts of Dubai.
On Tuesday, the same day that testing got underway at Jerez, Alonso tweeted: “Another good workout this morning in bike at high intensity. Rest and gym this afternoon.”
The decision by Alonso to skip the first test has taken many by surprise, but it is clear that the Spaniard spending his days doing hardcore training ahead of the new season.
The two times world champion explained his decision, “The first test is a general test in which one checks that all the components are put together properly. Given the short amount of time available, we have decided that I will concentrate on the testing in Barcelona [as it is] more useful for measuring performance as well as being a circuit we race on.”
“In the meantime, I will continue with my preparation and will follow the Jerez test, keeping in touch with Felipe and Pedro and analysing the data acquired by the engineers,” added Alonso.
Meanwhile, Jerez’s media boss Raul Zarzuela lamented the absence of Spain’s F1 hero, “The absence of Alonso has hurt the interest here (in Spain).”
Niki Lauda told RTL that he “cannot understand” the Spaniard’s decision to sit out Jerez.