Madrid: Spain's two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso warned on Monday that it will be "difficult to stay awake" when driving on the country's highways under the new speed limit of 110 kilometres (68 miles) an hour.
The Spanish government said on Friday it was lowering the speed limit on highways from 120 km/h as of March 7 as part of measures to reduce the country's fuel consumption in response to the rise in world oil prices due to unrest in the Middle East.
"I don't support this measure. To reduce fuel consumption there are other measures that are much more effective than this one. At 110 kilometres an hour, it is even difficult to stay awake," Alonso told reporters when asked what he thought of the measure.