Ferrari F1 driver Fernando Alonso has defended his right to privacy about the end of his five-year marriage to Spanish singer Raquel del Rosario.Asked at a news conference in the Italian ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio whether the separation had been due to the amount of time he spent at the team's Maranello factory, the double F1 champion made clear he wanted to keep his personal life out of the media spotlight.'PERSECUTION'"It's the first time that I find myself the subject of rumour and gossip at this level and I find it very disappointing," he said on Ferrari's website. "Raquel and I had asked for our private life to be respected but just a few hours after the announcement of our separation we began to read so many sad things - some of them were almost funny, they were so absurd."I don't think this type of persecution will last long because fashion changes and because I cannot believe there can be so much interest in my private life."The couple announced their separation in December, 2011, in a statement on Alonso's website.