Alonso sees brighter future even with a stye in his eye

Thu May 7, 2015 1:01pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso can see a brighter future for McLaren, despite turning up at his home Spanish Grand Prix on Thursday with a stye in his eye.

The double world champion kept his heavy sunglasses on throughout a news conference at the Circuit de Catalunya and told reporters he had to protect his vision.

"I have a stye," he explained. "A little inflammation of my eye. They recommend not to be too much in the artificial light. I try to protect a little bit the eye today and tomorrow to be ready for Saturday and Sunday."

The last time Alonso appeared at the circuit outside Barcelona was in February, when he crashed heavily in the second of three pre-season tests.

The medical advice that followed that incident was to rest and recover from concussion, meaning he missed the Australian season-opener in Melbourne.

Alonso said he had no lingering concerns about that accident or getting back out on track and returned with full confidence and motivation.

He also planned a thank you gesture for the hospital staff who had looked after him.

"They were so kind to me and I plan to have dinner with them, probably on Sunday," he said. "I stay here on Monday for one event with a sponsor, so Sunday night after all the stress and the race; more in a quiet place."   Continued...

Toro Rosso's Formula One driver Carlos Sainz Jr. (L) listens to McLaren's driver Fernando Alonso, both of Spain, during a news conference ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, May 7, 2015. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino