Madonna di Campiglio
Madonna di Campiglio, January 17 - Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso praised Twitter for helping to protect his privacy on Thursday, saying the social-media network enabled him to deflate groundless speculation about his personal life. "Since I started using Twitter, I am the one who says what I am doing," the Spaniard, who has always been reserved about his private life and uses Twitter a lot, told reporters at Ferrari's Wrooom media event at the Alpine resort of Madonna di Campiglio.. "Before it could be said that I was spending my holiday with elephants or that I was having dinner with (US President Barack) Obama, but now, for example, I can be the one to say that I was in Italy skiing on New Year's Day before going to Russia and from there to Brazil to take part in a kart race organised by (teammate) Felipe (Massa). "Tweeting means I can be in direct contact with my fans, to help them discover aspects of my job that they would never get to know otherwise," added the 31-year-old, who won the 2005 and 2006 world titles with Renault. "Of course, I can't say everything because in Formula One, a lot of information has to remain confidential, but I think it is still a fun and useful tool".