Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Alonso eager for less conservative Ferrari

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Fernando Alonso backs Ferrari’s less conservative approach to 2012.

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Alonso has faith in Ferrari’s new approach (ITV-F1)

“Last spring, we made important changes to the structure of the technical part of the team and now we have adopted a new approach, a less conservative one, in the design of the new car. The philosophy behind the 2012 car is very different from that of 2011, especially in some key areas like suspension and aerodynamics.”

Ferrari hint at Vettel interest (Setanta)

Luca di Montezemolo: “[Sebastian] Vettel is a brilliant driver. He?s young, but seems very intelligent in the way he carries himself. He has a great future, let?s see. I like drivers who use their head more than their right foot.”

India establishes itself as a growing sporting nation with F1 (The Times of India)

“The Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida came in for free-flowing praise from the leading drivers, including the double world champion Sebastian Vettel. The grand spectacle could have been more appealing to the countrymen had Karun Chandhok also raced along with Narain Karthikeyan.”

I just want bacon sarnie for Xmas (The Sun)

Lewis Hamilton: “I’m so strict ? even on Christmas Day I stick to my diet. It’s a protein shake for breakfast, with a few dates and some raisins ? it’s horrible, it really is horrible but I just blend it up into a smoothie.”

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