VALENCIA - Spanish Formula One fans turned up in their tens of thousands yesterday to witness local hero Fernando Alonso make his Ferrari test debut.
With traffic jams clogging the access roads to the Ricardo Tormo circuit in the morning, organisers expected some 30000 spectators through the gates on the final day of the opening test of the season.
Alonso, replacing Finland's Kimi Raikkonen as Brazilian Felipe Massa's teammate, carried out an installation lap before immediately setting the pace with the fastest time so far this week.
Going into the afternoon, the former Renault driver was comfortably the quickest on the track and lapping faster than world champion Jenson Button in the McLaren and Michael Schumacher's Mercedes.
The championship starts in Bahrain on March 14 . - Reuters