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“I know that if he had a winning car, he would never have left. He may have made wrong decisions when choosing his team, but that doesnt mean it wasnt sad to see him suffer in recent years.”

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Stoffel Vandoorne unimpressed with McLaren politics

The FIA stewards at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix were "surprised" by Fernando Alonso's repeated corner cutting in the closing stages, according to Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting…

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As Fernando Alonso prepares to bid goodbye to F1, Max Verstappen admits theres one thing hell forever regret about the Spaniard leaving the sport.

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The Red Bull driver and Alonso have been at opposite ends in the past couple of years, on both F1s age and competitive spectrum.

How Hamilton won 'race zero' of 2019 If Lewis Hamilton's rivals were looking for some hope to take into the winter ahead of 2019, they didn't find much as the world champion produced a crushing display to close out his best season yet 1543190400 F1

Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone with his friend Briatore that Abu Dhabi may not have been the last blast for Alonso.

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“But never with Fernando, who back in the day when I was watching TV he was always the one really fighting them as well.

Why Red Bull might have one more victory shot Red Bull won in Mexico and should have won in Brazil but for the intervention of Esteban Ocon. But its pace in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Friday practice suggests one final victory with Renault power should not be ruled out for the team 1542931200 F1

“We will see what happens. He has had four genuinely frustrating years with a ridiculous performance by McLaren.”

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“I dont care what the team is, although I doubt he can go back to Ferrari or will go back with McLaren.

Final hurdles to Albon's Toro Rosso deal cleared Alexander Albon is expected to be announced as a 2019 Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver in the coming days, having completed extracting himself from his Nissan Formula E deal 1543232194 F1

“I have the feeling he will come back, because F1 still needs him,” said the 88-year-old at Yas Marina.

Hamilton and Vettel swap helmets in tribute Formula 1 world champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have swapped crash helmets to show their respect for each other at the end of the 2018 season 1543230087 F1

“It’s not always easy to perform and give the best of yourself when you know that they are negotiating with other drivers at the same time, but I did not give up and I ended my season with some good races”

Johnson and Alonso's F1/NASCAR car swap begins Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso have had the first chance to try each other's cars out during the 'JJxALO' car swap in Bahrain 1543228322 F1

Alonso gets Mercedes-powered McLaren run Fernando Alonso made a surprise return to the cockpit of a Formula 1 car in Bahrain on Monday – just 17 hours on from his emotional farewell in Abu Dhabi 1543222581 F1

Although he is off to Formula E, Vandoorne will maintain some ties with Formula 1 having also signed as Mercedes’ simulator driver for the 2019 season.

Sensor trick could give Mercedes test edge Mercedes could have given itself an edge over its rivals for this week's Formula 1 tyre test in Abu Dhabi with the clever use of sensors 1543221660 F1

Although Vandoorne arrived on the grid in 2017 billed as a future World Champion, two seasons later and with just 26 points to his name, his career is over.

Halo did not compromise Hulkenberg extraction FIA race director Charlie Whiting says Nico Hulkenberg's halo did not compromise the Renault Formula 1 driver's extraction following his first lap crash in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 1543171912 F1

Bidding farewell to F1 in Abu Dhabi, Stoffel Vandoorne has hinted at “politics” playing a role in his final season in the sport.

Alonso gets Mercedes-powered McLaren run Fernando Alonso made a surprise return to the cockpit of a Formula 1 car in Bahrain on Monday – just 17 hours on from his emotional farewell in Abu Dhabi 1543222581 F1

The Belgian racer competed in his final grand prix in Abu Dhabi on Sunday before heading to Formula E for the 2018/19 season.

Hamilton and Vettel swap helmets in tribute Formula 1 world champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have swapped crash helmets to show their respect for each other at the end of the 2018 season 1543230087 F1

“You have not seen everything that went on behind the scenes, all the politics,” he told La Derniere Heure.

Final hurdles to Albon's Toro Rosso deal cleared Alexander Albon is expected to be announced as a 2019 Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver in the coming days, having completed extracting himself from his Nissan Formula E deal 1543232194 F1

Sensor trick could give Mercedes test edge Mercedes could have given itself an edge over its rivals for this week's Formula 1 tyre test in Abu Dhabi with the clever use of sensors 1543221660 F1

Florsch returning home after Macau GP crash German Formula 3 racer Sophia Florsch has announced that she is flying home on Monday, eight days after her horrific crash in the Macau Grand Prix 1543227055 F3

Johnson and Alonso's F1/NASCAR car swap begins Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso have had the first chance to try each other's cars out during the 'JJxALO' car swap in Bahrain 1543228322 F1

The last 10 minutes of Fernando Alonsos Formula 1 career witnessed him receive three penalty points in three separate incidents, as he repeatedly slewed off track in a desperate effort to claw back time to the 10th placed Kevin Magnussen and claim a final championship point. It was a fitting encapsulation of the dogged tenacity and maverick spirit that have marked the Spaniards incredible 17-season Formula 1 career, which ended – for now at least – beneath the floodlights of Abu Dhabis Yas Marina Circuit.

Alonso wound up finishing 11th at Abu Dhabi, capping off a season that started with immense promise – McLaren appearing to have one of the fastest cars in the midfield in the first few Grands Prix of the year – before degenerating into the familiar frustration that has plagued Alonso since he returned to the team in 2015. Despite that, an emotional Alonso revealed to reporters after the race that hed enjoyed every step of his F1 career to date – both the high points and the low.

Its going to be a good memory, the whole package in Formula 1, said Alonso. A fantastic journey from a very young age until now, fighting always in any circumstances, in any car and I think achieving a lot of success that I never expected. I came from a country with no tradition… My father was not a racing driver so it was all by surprise and it was all welcome.

So, happy for that, happy to keep even the last weekend very emotional, with a lot of things that Formula 1 prepared for me and also my team. We will come back maybe one day as a tourist and as a commentator maybe and enjoy Formula 1 in a different way.

Alonso – who was voted Driver of the Day by fans in Abu Dhabi – ended his race by pulling off a series of smoking donuts alongside fellow multiple champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. And once hed climbed out of his car, the Spaniard also revealed his surprise at the send-off that had been prepared for him this weekend, having attended a special barbeque in his honour at Abu Dhabi on Saturday night.

I was very surprised because we saw… a race with Michael [Schumacher, then] a race with Jenson Button, two or three years ago in the same place, in Abu Dhabi, it was [Jensons] last race and no-one had all the things that I received this weekend, so I cannot say thanks enough to everyone.

Canny operator that he is, Alonso has been ambiguous as to whether he would one day return to the sport, with some believing he would consider a comeback – were a seat were available – should he secure victory in the Indy 500 and, with it, motorsports Triple Crown, completed by his Monaco Grand Prix and Le Mans 24 Hours wins.

And Alonso revealed that while returning to Formula 1 was indeed still on his cards, there was a danger that F1 retirement might suit him just a little too much.

Right now Im not thinking to come back, thats for sure, said Alonso, but I dont know how I will feel next year.

I think I need a break now in 2019, I need different challenges, I want to fight for the Triple Crown with the Indy 500 and other iconic races, maybe Daytona, maybe other things that will come. But for 2020, maybe I feel the need to do a full calendar in something, maybe full IndyCar, maybe full Formula 1, I dont know, and maybe thats the time to come back. Or maybe I enjoy so much next year that I will not come back!