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Like a shadow on me all the time // Fernando Alonso has an official fan following him to races

Published by Christine

The news about Fernando's "official fan" has been circulating a while, but I've only just got round to looking into it a bit further. It's quite telling that when I mentioned it to the other half of Sidepodcast recently, he said he thought it was a joke.

So, what's it all about then?

Bright eyes

23-year-old Spaniard Álvaro Ademà has been selected as Alonso's official fan. There's no real word on how the selection process worked, and I must have missed the call for applications, otherwise I would at least have tried to learn Spanish. However, the lucky fan has secured what could be the best job in the world, following Alonso on the remainder of the season and earning 3,000 Euros a month along the way. The whole idea is an ING thing, although I can't really find much about it from their point of view either. However, it's all above board, and Ademà will be blogging his experiences for the rest of the year.

Alonso's Official Fan Blog

I get a little bit lonely

The first thing that springs to mind is: why? From the fan's point of view this is wonderful, of course, who wouldn't like the opportunity to follow their idol around the world for six months? But surely Alonso doesn't need someone else surrounding him? F1 drivers get so very little privacy as it is, surely an official fan will really just be a pain? They've got their work to do on race weekends, they've got their media commitments, and they've got their PR people to record every word they say. What possible role can this new man fulfill? What does he add to the process?

Living in a powder keg

My second question is, what happens when/if Alonso flips his lid? If this was last year, then would Ademà get to experience the helmet against the door incident first hand? Would he be allowed to blog about it? What happens if they don't get on? I wonder what kind of contract he has had to sign, and how much he is allowed to disclose. There's always a worry when things are official that they are less open and may have a little bit of a corporate edge to them. Now, to be fair, I don't understand every word of the blog, but I will be following it to see how things develop.

And keep your eye out for Ademà around the paddock in the future.

So, the question is, would you like to follow a driver around, and if so, which one?