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

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

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

Hamilton came into this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with nothing to prove having wrapped up his fifth F1 title last month.

Hamilton, Bottas and Vettel all chose to go through second qualifying on the more durable ultra-soft tyre for a better race strategy, but Raikkonen will be on the hyper-softs after Ferrari made a decision to split their choices.

Emotions ran high for Lewis Hamilton as the final qualifying session for 2018 ended in familiar circumstances - with the Mercedes man snatching pole.

He still had the satisfaction of out-qualifying team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne, completing a season whitewash over the Belgian.

"I'm so grateful for the mechanics who put this together for me".

"Because that's what I'm trying to think of; how I can deliver more for you next year".

"As for tomorrow, I can only say that we are going to do our best". "It's so emotional for me because it's the last lap I'll do in this vehicle".

Hamilton has taken it as a point of pride this season to keep winning after clinching the championship, the first time he has done that in his career.

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

He described his final qualifying run in the vehicle as an emotional moment but was adamant that his success had been a collective effort.

"I would have liked to get on the front row but it's not the case".

"So, when they bring more power, and more energy, we bring even more".

"Looking forward to tomorrow, getting in the vehicle for the last time this year and challenging these guys, giving it everything we have".

Although Verstappen qualified sixth, he was nearly two-tenths shy of Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo and some eight-tenths adrift of pole sitter Lewis Hamilton.

Max Verstappen has explained why he described his Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying session a "f**king disaster", believing a team error was to blame for his issues.

Out in Q2 went the Renault of Carlos Sainz, the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson, the Haas of Kevin Magnussen and the Force India of Sergio Perez - all four drivers having to watch on as their team mates progressed into the final segment of qualifying, while there was to be no fairy-tale Q3 appearance for Alonso, as the Spaniard went out in P15.

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