The Abu Dhabi GP was Fernando Alonso’s last race in Formula 1. The two-time champion is leaving the sport for new adventures next year—perhaps achieving the Triple Crown—so last weekend was special.
He started 15th on the grid and finished 11th, meaning he just missed out on a championship point. His race engineer asked Alonso over the radio to push for a 10th-place finished and claim his final score in F1. “I already have 1,800 points,” he replied. Well, 1,899 points, actually, so that single extra point would have been nice.
Anyhow, Lewis Hamilton won the last race, followed by Sebastian Vettel, and on the slow-down lap after the race ended, these two multiple world champions formed a guard of honor, flanking Alonso’s McLaren as the Spaniard made his way back to the Yas Marina Circuit’s start/finish straight. Once there, they all indulged in a spot of donuting to please the crowd:
Fernando might be back in the future, mind, as he hinted at in interviews over the weekend...
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.