Bad decisions kept Fernando Alonso from greatness

Fernando Alonso was paid a wonderful tribute by Lewis Hamilton Sebastian Vettel

Fernando Alonso was paid a wonderful tribute by Lewis Hamilton Sebastian Vettel

"They are both great champions and I feel very privileged to race with them and it was a great race to be fighting with the Haas drivers [for tenth place] to the very end".

"I consider this the last race", he said, before adding: "Who knows what the future will bring, but for now this is the last".

Fernando Alonso has played down expectations he might return to formula one in 2020.

After impressing in his first run in a single-seater auto at the Bahrain International Circuit, Johnson says he would be open to some open-wheel racing in future "without a doubt", specifically highlighting the Rolex 24.

"Thanks to everyone and to Formula One, I will always be a fan of this sport".

The Spaniard won 32 grand prix amassing 22 pole positions and 23 fastest laps.

However Alonso hinted he might even make a comeback after taking a break in 2019 to try and win titles in other motorsports. "I don't feel I will miss another driver, but the sport will miss him and I will miss him from the sport".

"It's nice that I've raced with him but I never got to fight him which is a shame".

He appreciated the gesture from race victor Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and second-placed Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari when, in a special tribute, they gave him space to drive with them in a synchronised display of donut spins during the slow-down lap.

"Then, one auto was on the left, one was on the right, and we kept going like this until the start-finish line". In two seasons with McLaren, Vandoorne managed a best result of seventh and was out-qualified by double world champion team mate Fernando Alonso in all 21 races this season.

Johnson will drive Alonso's McLaren F1 auto after spending over six hours on the simulator at the team's headquarters in Woking. I think in a couple of days [it will sink in]. "I need a little bit of time for myself to realise what a magic weekend that I've had".

"I think they were surprised it happened three laps in a row", admitted race director Charlie Whiting in his post-race debrief. "I sit down in the chair and somebody knocks on the door to tell me to go out and see a new person".

He had his seat fitting done prior to him arriving to watch Alonso drive his final F1 race - at least for the moment - in Abu Dhabi.

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