Fernando Alonso departs with donuts, praise and penalties

Johnson keen to partner Alonso at Rolex 24			Image by Sam Bloxham  LAT

Johnson keen to partner Alonso at Rolex 24 Image by Sam Bloxham LAT

"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?"

After his ride swap with Fernando Alonso on Monday, Jimmie Johnson said he'd be up for an INDYCAR race or two in the future.

For Alonso's 312th and final race in Formula One, his team have spared no expense, emblazoning their cars with red and blue, the colours of his native region of Asturias, and even arranging for a giant-screen presentation of today's grand prix in his hometown of Oviedo.

Since Alonso's debut, only a handful of drivers have matched the Spaniard's impact, although Verstappen is certainly one, among multi-time champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. "I love to discover new things, to discover new motorsport events and series, so it's going to be a very special day for me", he said.

Max Verstappen admitted he will regret never having had the chance to go toe-to-toe with Fernando Alonso due to McLaren's inability to provide a competitive vehicle while the Dutchman has raced in F1. In this picture, Alonso gestures during his farewell party at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix, Nov. 24, 2018. "Only I could motivate myself, I think I would not need any message or signal to be able to return", he told Movistar. McLaren CEO Zak Brown says Alonso will be kept on speed dial next year.

As for whether F1 will see Vandoorne again, the 26-year-old is set to work in Mercedes' simulator next year and he said: "I don't know". I had really no time in the weekend.

"This morning has been the busiest morning ever in a grand prix. It will always be in my heart".

"Coming from a very normal family from the north of Spain, a go-kart driver, eventually you find yourself in Formula One and winning championships and 17 years of magic in this sport. So I'm happy for that, very proud, and see you soon".

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