Fernando Alonso linked to 35-year-old Spanish bombshell after Taylor Swift rumours

Fernando Alonso has been reportedly dating Spanish F1 commentator Melissa Jimenez for two months.

After rumours of Fernando Alonso dating pop icon Taylor Swift were unsurprisingly fake, the Aston Martin star has been linked to Spanish Formula 1 commentator Melissa Jimenez.

Alonso was bizarrely linked to the American singer recently, with the Spaniard having jokingly gone along with the rumour.

However, it’s been reported by Spanish publication HOLA! that Alonso has been dating Jimenez for two around months.

Jimenez split from former Barcelona player Marc Bartra early last year, with the pair having three children together.

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Alonso has supposedly been seen with the commentator in the Catalonian coastal town of Sitges, situated in south-west Barcelona.

Representatives of either Alonso or Jimenez are yet to confirm the rumours, ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Alonso heads to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve still searching for his first win in 2013, after most recently finishing seventh at the Spanish Grand Prix.

His home race marked his worst result since making the switch to Aston Martin; however, the 41-year-old is expected to perform better in Canada.

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Aston Martin are set to introduce an upgrades package which could reduce the gap to Red Bull, putting them at least a comfortable second in the pecking order.

On the topic of Red Bull, team principal Christian Horner revealed that that Alonso came “very close” to joining the Austrians on multiple occasions.

Alonso was supposedly incredibly close to switching to Red Bull after his issues with McLaren in 2007, where he clashed with seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

“We were very close. I went to see his representation agency at the end of 2007 to [sign him] for the 2008 and 2009 seasons, we offered him a two-year contract,” Horner told Motorsport Magazine.

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“He only wanted to sign for one season, but Red Bull and [Dietrich] Mateschitz’s position was two years or nothing, and he didn’t commit to it. We thought he had a very clear contract to go to Ferrari in 2009.

“The strange thing is that Flavio [Briatore] was also involved, but he was trying to sign him for the Renault team, the team he was running at the time, and in the end, he ended up driving for Renault those two seasons.

“However, in the middle of 2009, I was approached to say that he could join the team next year because we would win the next World Championship with that car. Then we had another conversation in the back of an Alfa Romeo at Spa airport many years later, I think it was in 2011 or 2012. But again, the most serious negotiation was the first one, and then he missed the opportunity.”