Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel escort Fernando Alonso in farewell lap

Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel escort Fernando Alonso in farewell lap

"It's a bit of a shame that I never really raced against him", Verstappen said.

Fernando Alonso was "very impressed" with NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson's performance in a Formula 1 auto in their drive swap test in Bahrain.

It's not the first time McLaren have given a NASCAR driver a taste of F1 machinery, after Tony Stewart swapped seats with Lewis Hamilton in 2011, with Stewart afforded a run in Hamilton's 2008 championship-winning MP4-23 around Watkins Glen in New York State, as Hamilton headed out on track in Stewart's Chevrolet Impala Sprint Cup auto.

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"It was the end of the race", he responded, when asked whether the stewards had considered black-flagging the Spaniard for his continued misdemeanours, "and I don't think it would have been very nice to give someone like Fernando a black flag in his last race, do you?"

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

Back in 2016. Alonso mocked Johnny Herbert for becoming a commentator after failing to win a world title. It has been very, very busy, so I think I need two or three days to check and realize all the things that I lived this weekend.

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McLaren were quick to post videos of the stock vehicle being prepared for Alonso on Monday morning, while Johnson also gave the Spaniard a quick debrief after an outing to warm the auto up. Eighteen seasons in the sport is certainly something that should be celebrated.

Alonso flew to Bahrain immediately after the F1 2018 finale to swap jobs for the day with three-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, who drove an F1 vehicle for the first time. "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". I'm shier than people think and I want it go by quickly. I tried to sit down and check my telephone and after 30 seconds someone from the team knocked on the door and I had to say hello to a new person!

Vandoorne told reporters in Abu Dhabi it was hard to see how things might pan out but he was not ruling out a comeback either.

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

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