Jaime Alguersuari has offered a less than flattering opinion about the personality of his fellow Spaniard and F1 driver Fernando Alonso.
“He is cold (frio), very cold,” said 20-year-old Alguersuari, the youngest driver on the grid who races with the second Red Bull team, Toro Rosso.
“He is a man of few words,” he is quoted as saying by Dir Emotions. “I have no relationship with him.”
Alguersuari also described the Ferrari driver and double world champion as “a great” F1 racer.
Alonso, 29, recently moved to clarify some misperceptions by revealing that when people actually meet him, they often remark that he is “nicer” than his media image.
The German-language spox.com compared Alonso’s apparent win-at-all-costs attitude with that of Michael Schumacher.
“In the media we read again and again things about ourselves that are not right,” said the Spaniard.
“People are making judgements from the outside, but that’s the business.”
Asked to clarify the misperceptions, Alonso said: “I am very calm and relaxed, even romantic. Actually, I’m a normal guy.
“A little bit shy, but when everything’s right, that’s when the Spaniard in me comes out,” he laughed.
In Singapore last weekend, Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali agreed that Alonso is “cool and calm and sometimes difficult”.
And after back-to-back victories from pole, Alonso says he is on the top of his game.
“The F1 championship is very long compared to other sports so you can’t be completely fit, focused, motivated 100 per cent of the time.
“But now, in this part of the championship, I’m at a peak,” he is quoted in the Spanish press.
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