Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:16:18 GMT

Alonso has 'samurai' tattoo - report

Fernando Alonso has kicked off the new 2012 season with a 'Samurai' tattoo on his neck and back, Marca sports newspaper reports.

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain waits in his garage before the first practice session of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, March 16, 2012.

Publishing a photo of the artwork on the Ferrari driver's neck, the Spanish publication said the tattoo features Japanese characters.

Marca said the Spaniard and two-time title winner was inspired by the Hagakure, the spiritual guide written by 18th century samurai Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

The report said most of Alonso's tattoo is on his back.

Source: GMM

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