Alonso enjoys ‘special training’ with Maradona in Dubai 25 February, 2014 Fernanso Alonso with Diego Maradona and Michel Salgado Monday in Dubai was day of mixed training for Fernando Alonso as part of an initiative organised by Ferrari sponsor, Santander, including filming and photography while going through a multi-discipline training programme which ended with a football session with Diego Maradona. Fernando began with some cross training, based on a military style programme, which involved jumping in and out of tyres as quickly as possible. It’s an exercise that works on reflexes and muscle tone. The second part of the programme saw Alonso tackle a kart race at Dubai Kartdrome, the discipline that is the first career step for all aces of the track and even if they reach the heights of Formula 1, drivers love to return to these machines when they can. After that, Fernando was able to enjoy one of his favourite pastimes, cycling, which is something the Spaniard uses as one of his main fitness tools in between races and during the winter. The day of training came to an end at the Dubai Football Academy, with another sport that Fernando, along with millions of others, loves, namely football. He took part in a game between two teams that also included former Real Madrid player Michel Salgado and no less than Maradona. On this occasion, Alonso had to bow to the Golden Boy, but only by a score of 5-4. (Ferrari) Reports on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.