Alonso: DNF to end F1 season in Abu Dhabi was “summary of the year”

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Alonso made his final appearance for Alpine on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ahead of his move to Aston Martin, but failed to make the checkered flag due to a water leak.

Although Alpine still finished fourth in the Constructors’ Championship, Alonso was left with even more lost points following his sixth retirement of the season. He had been fighting for the points and sat 10th in the first stint, before dropping out of the race on lap 27.

“Unfortunately another engine problem, so it was the summary of the year,” Alonso said after the race in Abu Dhabi.

“Unfortunately, these things always happen in car 14, so one more.”

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Alonso has retired a number of times this season due to a combination of poor reliability and outage in on-track incidents, such as at Spa with Lewis Hamilton and at Austin with Lance Stroll.

Fernando Alonso, Alpine

Photo by: Erik Junius

It meant Alonso finished the year ninth in the championship, 11 points behind team-mate Esteban Ocon, but he has regularly pointed to the number of points he has lost this year.

When asked if he was sad that his time at Alpine was over or happy that the season was over, Alonso replied: “I’m glad it’s over.

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“As you know, there are facts that disappointed us a bit this year in car 14. Six DNFs, but also [ones] they don’t count as a DNF, but they were DNF, just like Australia, the qualifier problem. The sprint race in Austria, I haven’t even started that, and things like that.

“So I think there are nine or ten reliability issues, which is unacceptable at this level. And they all happen to my car.

“So I’m happy to finish and start fitting the seat at Aston tomorrow, tire test on Tuesday and hopefully a new project with better luck.”

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Alonso made his F1 comeback with Alpine in 2021 after spending two seasons out of the series, marking his third stint with the Enstone-based team. He raced for the team under the Renault name from 2003-2006 and 2008-2009, winning the world title in 2005 and 2006.

“Today’s frustration, there is nothing I can do, but I am very grateful,” said Alonso.

“I will always think of Alpine or Renault with fond memories. We won the two championships, I spent nine years of my life in Formula 1 with Renault or Alpine.

“I will always be grateful and wish them the best of luck next year.”