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Fernando Alonso launches emoji app, includes deckchair antics

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Fernando Alonso has followed in the footsteps of Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber and Steph Curry by launching his own custom emoji app.

As well as being one of the most impressive and relentless racers Formula 1 has known, the two-time world champion has been ’embracing the meme’ more and more in recent years.

The McLaren driver announced revealed his new emoji app on both the Apple Store and Google Play, allowing his fans to access the stickers for use in messages and posts.

There may have been 77 Alonso-jis (that works, right?) to pick from, but there could be just one winner: the deckchair, as seen in Brazil for the past two years.

So if you’re tired of sending the same old spicy memes to your friends, Fernando’s got your back covered.

Depending on McLaren’s fortunes through 2017, we imagine some may be used more than others, though…

Simona de Silvestro to become Venturi Formula E test driver

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Simona de Silvestro will become a test driver for the Venturi Formula E team for 2018/2019 season.In addition

De Silvestro previously raced limited events in the series during the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons.

I’m delighted to make my return to Formula E as a test driver for Venturi Formula E Team and I’m grateful to Susie (Wolff, team principal) and Gildo (Pastor, team president) for the opportunity,” de Silvestro said on SpeedCafe.com.

“Since competing in Season 2, I’ve kept a close eye on the Formula E championship and followed its development with interest,” de Silvestro continued. “The arrival of the new Gen2 car represents a huge milestone for the series and I am very happy to be back in an active role at this exciting and important time.”

De Silvestro has raced in Australian Supercars since 2017. She will continue to race in that series with Kelly Racing as she balances her time with Venturi.

The bulk of de Silvestro’s testing will be done in its simulator in Monaco.

“The next 12 months will be really busy for me with both Formula E and my Australian Supercars commitments but I’m ready for the challenge and it’s a joy to be working with such a well connected and committed team as Venturi,” de Silvestro said.

“Simona is a real team player and a driver I was keen to work with,” said team principal Wolff. “She has a very positive attitude and no-nonsense approach to her work which will fit in well with the team.”