Hero’s Welcome for Double World Champion

Fernando Alonso received a hero s welcome on his return to his home town of Oviedo in Spain today. The 25 year old secured his second world championship in São Paulo last weekend, and this was his first opportunity to celebrate with his countrymen.

Speaking during the rapturous reception, the Spaniard thanked the crowd from a balcony in the city s square, “I can say that I’ve got the best fans in the world, that’s for sure.”

“In football and other sports there are fans like this, who sing songs and give their unconditional support, but in motorsport it s very rare to see fans like this, and I feel very privileged.”

Alonso now faces an upward battle to win a third consecutive championship with McLaren in 2007, a team that failed to secure a single victory last season, despite the best efforts of Kimi Räikkönen.