Boadilla del Monte, 20 December –An end of year in the company of children and talented youngsters for Fernando Alonso, who spent today at a Karting Gala at the Santander Bank head office at Boadilla del Monte, near Madrid.
The Spanish driver, along with his colleagues and fellow countrymen Marc Gene and Pedro de la Rosa, handed out the prizes to the winners of this contest for young talent, who will also get the opportunity to have a test with the Ferrari Driver Academy at Fiorano.
Fernando and Pedro also enjoyed mixing in with over a hundred kids, who are always at the centre of end of year festivities. Fernando replied to questions from his little fans, some quiet mischievous, others witty, while Pedro gave a first lesson in road safety to those who, in the future, will be driving on two and four wheels on the roads.
It’s a theme close to everyone’s heart and one in which the FIA has for many years involved Formula 1 drivers, as they are the ideal role models especially for the young. Confirming what an important topic this is, there was a surprise visitor to the event, someone who has played his part in the history of motor sport, the President of the FIA, Jean Todt. Meanwhile, Marc Gene ran a seminar for the young kart drivers, along with Carlos Abella, director of sports promotion for the Spanish automobile federation and Pablo de Villota, in charge of F1 sponsorship for the Santander Bank.