Fernando Alonso stated that his Abu Dhabi Grand Prix retirement was the “summary of the year”.
Alonso did not manage to finish his final race with Alpine. The Spaniard was forced to retire on lap 28 of the Abu Dhabi GP due to a mechanical issue.
Alonso encountered reliability problems on several occasions throughout the season which had frustrated him earlier.
“Unfortunately another engine problem, so it has been the summary of the year.
“Unfortunately on car 14, always these things happen, so one more.”
When asked whether he was sad about the end of the Alpine stint or glad that the season was over, Alonso said: “I’m happy that it’s finished.
“As you know, there are facts that this year have been against us a little bit in car 14. Six DNFs, but also [ones] they don’t count as a DNF, but they were DNF, like Australia, the qualifying problem. The Sprint race in Austria, I didn’t even start the race and things like that.
“So I think there are nine or 10 reliability issues, which at this level is obviously not acceptable. And they all happen to my car.
“So I’m happy to finish and start on Monday the seat fit with Aston, Tuesday the tire test, and hopefully a new project with more luck.”
Nevertheless, Alonso expressed his gratitude for the time with Alpine.
“The frustration of today [Sunday], there is nothing I can do, but I’m very grateful.
“I will always think of Alpine or Renault with good memories. We won the two championships, I spent nine years of my life in Formula 1 with Renault or Alpine.
“I will be thankful always and wish them the best of luck next year.”