I guess it must be Alonso month again with all the Alonso news. It seems to come round earlier every year! Anyway this thread is to discuss the documentary he has made for Amazon Prime. It covers the period after he stopped driving fulltime for McLaren but:
- Still doing testing/ ambassador stuff for McLaren
- Making an ill-fated attempt to drive the Indy 500 with them (which gets one and a bit episodes),
- Attempting to win the WEC with Toyota
- Drive the Dakar Rally
- Keeping a shyly hopeful eye on the F1 Situations Vacant page
Plus stuff in his everyday life like keeping sidelines like his T-shirt and sunglasses (?) business going or playing tennis with Carloz Sainz snr (who always seems the nicest man in the world.) He also offers McLaren feedback on their F1 car which mysteriously appears to weird out Sainz jnr who throws him a hilarious DUDE, REALLY? type look when Alonso offers his view that the car has steering issues.
Along the way we meet what is almost a travelling court to Prince Fernando - a following retinue of physios, old schoolfriends, managers, his girlfriend Linda, his elder sister Lorena and legendary rally car drivers (well, just the one of those). All of them seem fiercely devoted in their own way to this unusual, very intense person who you get the impression puzzles them at times or even worries them occasionally. They all seem to have quietly concluded this is a rather eccentric human being. (The real deal of these never, ever thinks THEY are the eccentric one, incidentally. Those who merely aspire to this label have a tedious 'look how wacky I am!' quality, but true eccentrics don't get why everyone doesn't see it like they do. So whether he's independently inventing the Pomodoro method or gently scorning his sister for being a chump for studying the whole of a subject when she could just study the main bits, he lovingly shakes his head at a wilfully blind humanity.)
You have the option of watching this dubbed or subtitled. To each their own, of course but it's very weird hearing an actor's voice coming out of Alonso's head instead of his usual rather mournful high-pitched tones. I suspect if you like Fernando alonso, you will enjoy the documentary. I do, and I did. If you don't, I suspect it won't change your mind.
Has anyone else seen this? What did you think?
edit: Link https://www.amazon.c...1/dp/B08JQ7QJ9C