Alonso downplays Schumacher criticism

Renault's Fernando Alonso has downplayed the comments attributed to him by the Spanish press in which the world champion was heavily critical of Michael Schumacher

Alonso downplays Schumacher criticism

Alonso told his country's Radio Marca that Schumacher was "the most unsporting driver with the largest number of sanctions in the history of Formula One."

"Zidane retired with more glory than Schumacher," added Alonso, referring to the French football player whose last game was marked by a red card following a controversial head-butt in the World Cup final in Germany.

The Spaniard, however, said on Thursday that his comments had been taken out of context.

"That is not true," said Alonso in China about his comments about Schumacher. "The Spanish press always talk too much.

"The question was what I thought about the retirement of Zinedine Zidane and Michael. I only said Zidane for me was better at fair play and a better sportsman at the end.

"Firstly because Zidane is my favourite sportsman in the last couple of years, so it was not a very fair question. Michael still has three races to go, we will talk about him when he retires and at the moment he is still an F1 driver."

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