'Double champion' Alonso says 20-race F1 season too long

London, Jan 31(ANI): Ferrari ace Fernando Alonso has claimed twenty Grand Prix races in one season is too much and he would prefer more off-season time for rest, recuperation and testing

The double champion, who is one of the Formula One's most prominent figures, said he would prefer less races and more testing in a calendar stretching from March to the end of November, the Daily Mirror reports.

The absence of the New Jersey race and the failure of Turkey to take up the slack means the trend of 20-race seasons have been cut for 2013 but will rise again in 2014 with the appearance of races in both America and Russia, the paper added.

Alonso concern was such that he even reduced his appearances at Ferrari's annual week-long pre-season bash at Madonna, and he said there wasn't enough time for them to recharge their batteries.

The Spaniard added in essence the only break we had was the time over the Christmas period, adding twenty Grand Prix is too many and he would prefer to have fewer and more time set aside for testing.

F1's overlords agreed to cut out in-season testing because budgets were stretching to 250 million pounds a year with unlimited testing and unrestricted engine development. (ANI)

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