F1: Fernando Alonso gets special livery for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

McLaren to sport farewell livery for Alonso

McLaren Unveils Special Livery For Fernando Alonso’s Final F1 Race

By bringing his 18-year Formula 1 career to an end inside a one-off liveried vehicle, Alonso is allowing McLaren to do something they haven't done since Keke Rosberg raced under similar conditions (in a one-off yellow branded car) in the 1986 Portuguese Grand Prix. "The time has come for me to move on, but I'm looking forward to ending the season - and my F1 career - on a positive note".

Hamilton performed "doughnuts" after crossing the line, before himself and former title rival Sebastian Vettel flanked the retiring two-time world champion Fernando Alonso - before all three performed more doughnuts on the start-finish straight.

McLaren-bound Carlos Sainz finished sixth in his last race for Renault ahead of Sauber's Charles Leclerc, who now heads to Ferrari, and Force India's Sergio Perez.

"I do not feel like I ever had a personal issue with Fernando", Hamilton said on Thursday night.

Hulkenberg's auto landed upside down against the barriers after attempting to make a move on Romain Grosjean. With five of the top six starting on the same tyre - all but Verstappen - the best chance anyone has of beating Lewis Hamilton is to make sure the Mercedes drivers aren't running one-two at the first corner. Hulkenberg was later released, with doctors confident he had escaped the collision unharmed.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo took third and fourth.

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Still, he's a hugely respected driver - arguably one of the greats. "I want it even more", Ricciardo said. The incident held up the race for a few laps, with drivers forced to slow down behind a safety auto, until the race resumed on Lap 5.

"I doubt I would ever get a shot at a Formula One vehicle but there are plenty of other cool cars to drive".

There was time for one more bit of radio magic, though, when his engineer in the closing laps said: "Go and get a point".

"Our cars are very different technology but at the same time we both like going fast and we're going to love the experience of driving each other's race cars". I hope so, because that would be epic if Red Bull could start to mingle with us a little more weekend in, weekend out.

The return to McLaren, unthinkable after the bitterness of 2007, came in 2015 but also coincided with the team's worst run of form and an ultimately doomed partnership with Honda that ended previous year.

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