Abu Dhabi GP: Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel pay Fernando Alonso tribute

Abu Dhabi GP: Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel pay Fernando Alonso tribute

Two times world champion Fernando Alonso, in his farewell race with McLaren, had hoped to sign off in the points but finished 11th and with his final tally at 1,899.

He met ex-Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone as well as a number of race fans and businessmen.

"I think it was more how the team was run, or the situation we were put in, and how that was managed", the 33-year-old Mercedes driver said in a joint press conference, reports Efe news.

Fortunately, Hulkenberg emerged unscathed from the wreck, which occurred just moments after the chequered flag at the final Formula 1 race of the season. In other words, this is Alonso's final race in Formula One. He rejoined Renault and stuck around for two more years.

The Brit stormed to first place on the grid for Sunday's race as his team-mate Valtteri Bottas qualified in second place. "It's been a privilege to race when he is racing", Hamilton said. "I felt positive right from the start".

Driver of the day Max Verstappen did a great job in keeping his hyper-soft tyres alive for a longer first stint than either Mercedes on the ultra-softs, pressured Bottas and took a third place that lifted him to fourth in the championship.What happens next? "The sport will miss him, we will miss him".

"He will be the reserve driver not only for our team but also Force India".

"We were going to issue a press release but I accidentally let it all out", Wolff said.

"Get me out of this fire, there's fire, " came the German's chilling response.

It was also farewell from Ricciardo to Red Bull after a hard season where he has won two races - including the Monaco GP - but retired from eight largely because of engine problems. Verstappen was last spotted shoving Ocon in the chest three times after their crash cost the Red Bull driver a probable win in Brazil.

"I'm well aware of the stories over the years but from my perspective he's been a fast race-car driver who wants the best equipment and the best out of people, and doesn't accept anything short of perfection".

Although the FIA remains hopeful that next year's aerodynamic changes will help boost overtaking for 2019, some teams are not convinced. He has been given an internal promotion to Red Bull's senior team to replace Australian star Daniel Ricciardo who is heading to Renault.

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