Fernando Alonso talks about his home race, the expectations and his relationship with the fans thanks to new technologies. This weekend, Formula 1 arrives at the Catalunya circuit for the Spanish Grand Prix. It is regarded as the start of the European season, an expression that dates back to the time when the majority of races took place on the "Old Continent" after a brief prelude and before a short finale further afield. That is no longer the case, with only eight of the twenty races on this year's extremely long calendar taking place in Europe. Nevertheless, after a hectic start to 2012, with four Grands Prix taking place in the space of just five weeks, the Spanish weekend does represent a sort of new beginning for the twelve teams on the grid. It also comes hot on the heels of the first in-season test session in Formula 1 for a couple of years. Last week, Scuderia Ferrari and ten other teams spent three days testing at the Mugello circuit as an important build up to the Spanish weekend and the rest of the season. The Prancing Horse's difficulties with its F2012 have been well documented and the test was therefore a valuable chance to assess all the work that everyone in Maranello has been putting in to improve the car for the forthcoming races.
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