Fernando Alonso was unable realise his dream today and win the F1 2010 drivers' title with Ferrari in Abu Dhabi.
Although the Spaniard came into the weekend as the favourite, he endured a bad race and while it was looking good in the early stages, a decision to stop to change tyres on lap 16 and cover the strategy adopted by Mark Webber, his closest championship rival at that point, backfired.
Indeed it left him penned in behind Vitaly Petrov and the two-time world champion could do nothing to get passed the Russian. He eventually finished down in seventh and with Sebastian Vettel taking the victory, lost out in the battle for the 2010 drivers' crown by four points.
“It's a shame to get to the end of the season and then lose the title at the final moment, but that's racing, that is sport,” said Alonso, who displayed his frustration after the chequered flag by 'signalling' to Petrov.
“Everything went wrong today, from the start itself to the strategy. With hindsight, it would have been better not to pit so soon, but it's easy to say that when you have all the facts: however, it was definitely not an easy decision.
“I want to congratulate Red Bull and its drivers: over the course of the season they have had a little something extra than us and they deserve to be where they are today. I had said it over the past few days: this is still a great season.
“There have been some very intense months and I found myself in a team that has an amazing atmosphere.
“Now there is some sadness, but I am sure that in a few hours, with a clear head, we will begin to appreciate better what we have achieved. We have to continue like that, staying united and determined.
“We have to face next year with the same will to win which has characterised this one and, something I learned very quickly, is also in the Ferrari blood.
“We must improve the car and ensure that the mistakes that all of us – we drivers and the team – have made during the year, are not repeated,” Alonso summed-up.