Fernando Alonso has defended running amok during Friday’s free practice session in Brazil.
A year ago, the Spaniard triggered a social media storm by reclining in a marshal’s deck chair after breaking down at Interlagos near the end of a trying year.
2017 has been better, but Alonso was still keeping F1 fans giggling with his antics after emerging from his broken McLaren-Honda in practice.
First, he playfully kicked a rock like a football, and then he took over from an official F1 cameraman.
When asked to explain, Alonso said: “In difficult times it’s important not to lose a sense of humour.
“Last year, the big topic of discussion was when I sat on a folding chair, so I tried to find one today when the car stopped. I couldn’t find one so then I saw the TV camera,” he grinned.