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Fernando Alonso was paid a wonderful tribute by Lewis Hamilton Sebastian Vettel

The double F1 world champion made it clear he was only done with F1 as he had achieved everything he wanted to in the sport and that he was still not done racing.

Alonso came close to scoring what would have been his 1,900th point in F1, but went on to finish P11 as he couldn't close the gap to Haas' Kevin Magnussen in the closing laps, despite cutting the chicane on three occasions - for which he was penalised.

Hamilton and Vettel accompanied Alonso on his lap of honour before spinning their cars on the pit straight, and the Spaniard was quick to give his gratitude to his rivals.

Alonso, who has now retired from the sport - although has hinted it could be a temporary one - was flanked by race victor Hamilton and runner-up Vettel on the cool-down lap for what he revealed was an improvised celebration.

Fernando Alonso said goodbye to Formula One on Sunday (Nov 25) amid a fanfare of crowd-pleasing donut spins, generous tributes and a handful of post-race penalties from the FIA.

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The American motorsport has always been on Alonso's mind and he admitted that he could consider competitively taking part in stock auto racing in the future but at the moment it was just for fun. At the end of the day, I am a McLaren driver also next year and as I have said, the full priority is the Indy 500. "Right now it's just pure fun". "I would like to be invisible until Monday, but I'll have to be here and talk a bit". "Last time I ran an H-gearbox was in 1999, so it was going back a lot in time".

"It's going to be quite different to any other auto that I drove, but at least we're doing it in Bahrain, which is a circuit that I know, and it's not an oval or something that could be more hard". However, after stepping out of his auto having qualified 15th on the grid for Sunday's race, Alonso suggested he could return to F1 after just a single year away. 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.

Alonso, meanwhile, will get another taste of American racing machinery in 2019 when he heads Stateside for his second attempt at winning the Indianapolis 500 with McLaren, having first tried in 2017, a move which necessitated skipping that year's Monaco Grand Prix.

"Without a doubt", Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, said, according to Motorsport.

"I am definitely excited", Johnson said in Abu Dhabi, according to Auto Week.

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