Alonso plays down chances of F1 return

Alonso plays down chances of F1 return

"Going back to F1?"

After impressing in his first run in a single-seater vehicle at the Bahrain International Circuit, Johnson says he would be open to some open-wheel racing in future "without a doubt", specifically highlighting the Rolex 24. "I'm not overly excited about those fast ovals, but I think with my status and relationships I could put together some road course races in IndyCar", Johnson said.

Fernando Alonso was "very impressed" with NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson's performance in a Formula 1 auto in their drive swap test in Bahrain.

Two-time champion Alonso was the star of the show at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has he brought the curtain down on his F1 career after 17 years in the sport.

"I consider this the last race. Maybe with other cars around it is different but definitely alone it was a lot of fun".

The season got away from Sebastian Vettel, as Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth title
The season got away from Sebastian Vettel, as Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth title

McLaren were quick to post videos of the stock vehicle being prepared for Alonso on Monday morning, while Johnson also gave the Spaniard a quick debrief after an outing to warm the auto up.

"I'll try to discover another new series, a different concept of racing, completely different vehicle to drive I guess". "I saw them doing doughnuts in Turn 8 so I caught up with the leaders and then one of the cars was on the left and one on the right and they went like that all the way to the start finish line". It was a nice touch by them, so thank you Sebastian and thank you Lewis. I think in a couple of days [it will sink in]. In two seasons with McLaren, Vandoorne managed a best result of seventh and was out-qualified by double world champion team mate Fernando Alonso in all 21 races this season. I had really no time in the weekend.

Although Alonso is leaving the door open for a potential return to F1, he said he would be happy to walk away with Sunday's race as his final grand prix.

Despite the test, Alonso says he doesn't have any plans to enter the NASCAR series full-time, instead focusing on the World Endurance Championship and Indy500 attempt in 2019 as he prepares for life after F1. It's been a privilege to race when he is racing.

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