Fernando Alonso 'embarrassed' by F1 farewell tributes

Hope Soto
November 27, 2018

"I think we could see him back in Formula One", added the American.

"Fernando is a true legend", Hamilton admitted post-race.

In the closing stages of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in his bid to catch Kevin Magnussen, and thereby earn the 1,801th career point his engineer craved (1,9000th to be exact), Fernando Alonso straight-lined the chicane on three successive laps, thereby earning himself three successive 5s time penalties.

"He did have a pretty hard team mate but sometimes things don't click and I think he'll go on to be successful in Formula E".

When it was put to Johnson that he could potentially join Alonso at the Rolex 24 in January, the 43-year-old admits he would love to partner the two-time F1 champion.

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"I was like 'I don't want to stop but I think I should'".

"It was magic, it was magic", he said of his last grand prix. "So, I'm really thankful to them for the nice gesture and it was nice to celebrate by seeing the chequered flag".

One day after finishing 11th at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, he is back on the race track and this time to sample something he has never tried before. "I think I need a couple of days to realise the whole weekend, because I have been very busy and I haven't had five minutes for myself to think about it, but it has been a very good weekend". After the event, Alonso was asked about his hopes of returning to Daytona in January after making his debut this year, and says he is working on his options. "But I can not say 100% that I will not enjoy that much that I may think in the future to have a go somewhere in a competitive environment". The race was a normal race, fighting for the tyre management, the fuel saving, all these things, and fighting for points until the end, until the last lap.

"Every time I was in the room I could see on my telephone that there were hundreds and hundreds of messages, but every time I sat down in the chair, someone knocked on the door and told me to go out to see another new person". "I think he did have a fair crack at it in a very poor race auto but we gave him two solid years and we gave Fernando and himself equal equipment. It will always be in my heart".

"I have been very surprised because I have raced with great champions", he said. I feel very happy and very privileged with all the success that I had over the years, driving for unbelievable teams. I cannot say much about it, but perhaps you can imagine it, personally, I do not regret it, since I could not do what I did now.

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