The Renault team and Fernando Alonso completed a successful Roadshow in Oviedo (northern Spain) on Saturday as Alonso drove his Formula One car on the streets of his hometown for the first time in front of 170,000 spectators.
“It has been a beautiful day and a dream come true for me,” said Alonso. “I have to say a big ‘thank you’ to the government of Oviedo and also to Renault for allowing me to have a Roadshow in my home city. Oviedo should be very proud of this event because less than 20 cities have had the opportunity to see a Formula One car on their streets.”
“I was pleased to see so many fans come along and watch the show and I hope that everybody enjoyed the event.” “I think this was the perfect way to reward my supporters and to show the people of Oviedo the excitement of Formula One.” Formula 1
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso shrugged off allegations of Renault race-fixing on Saturday when he was welcomed by people in his hometown of Oviedo. “You never imagine that one day you will be here, before everyone you know, driving a Formula One car. Today that day has arrived and it’s something I’ll never forget,” said Alonso who gave a demonstration drive in his Renault on a specially-constructed temporary track.
The 28-year-old clocked speeds of over 260kmh (160mph) as he tackled the 1.8km track in several cars, including last year’s Renault F1 car, the R28.