This is Alonso's McLaren livery for his final F1 race

This is Alonso's McLaren livery for his final F1 race

After 311 starts (the second-most in grand prix history), 22 pole positions, 33 victories and two world championships, Fernando Alonso will bring the curtain down on his Formula One career in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

He met ex-Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone as well as a number of race fans and businessmen. He should have won more, many more.

Once again, Hartley, 29, is preparing to put all the conjecture to one side as he aims to finish the season on a high.

"So I think you'll see him around McLaren, he remains part of the family, and where his influence will come in is helping our two drivers, he knows Carlos [Sainz Jr] pretty well, he's gotten to know Lando [Norris] very well, so he'll be a big benefit there". After the first run, it didn't look stupid at all, it was very close, half a tenth so I was in reach but then in the second run obviously that was the line. "The team has done an exceptional job all year", said Hamilton, who stripped down to the waist on the podium and pointed to a tattoo on his back.

Hulkenberg opened his radio channel to say: "Holy s--! I don't feel like I miss another driver but the sport will miss him".

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 Finnish driver, who is joining Sauber next year, trudged back to the team garage.

It was a relatively straightforward 60 minutes for the bulls, with Ricciardo fortunately spared more drama after the mechanical issue he had encountered in FP3.

McLaren to sport farewell livery for Alonso
McLaren Unveils Special Livery For Fernando Alonso’s Final F1 Race

He told Sky Sports: "I'd imagine it's going to be Sebastian and Valtteri alongside me but Red Bull they've got a great vehicle, they've been very strong at the end of the year".

The livery features a red, blue and yellow stripe running across the engine cover and ending at the rear wheel.

F1 teams have faced in headache in trying to evaluate the wider and simpler front wings being introduced for next year because they do not comply to the current regulations, so can not be used in a free practice session.

They had hoped for a change of fortune when Renault joined the fray but it wasn't to be.

It will mark Ricciardo's 100th start for Red Bull after moving to the team from Toro Rosso in 2014.

Kimi Raikkonen retired early in the race, bringing out the safety vehicle for the second time after Nico Hulkenberg crashed out in spectacular fashion.




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