Fernando Alonso said his final race for Ferrari "was emotional" after driving for the team for the last time in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Ferrari announced on Thursday that Alonso will leave the team and be replaced by Sebastian Vettel, with Alonso set to be announced as a McLaren Honda driver over the coming weeks. Asked about his final grand prix for Ferrari, Alonso said the final time the mechanics left his car on the grid was the moment it really hit home.

"It was emotional," Alonso said. "The worst moment to be honest was on the grid, when I jumped in the car, we fired up the engine and the mechanics stayed there with the blankets for the last minute until 20 seconds to go. I saw the faces of the two guys with the front tyres and they were looking at me with eyes shining and it was tough. It was tough to pull first gear and start the formation lap."

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And when it was put to Alonso that a return to McLaren was previously unthinkable, he was asked as to the chances of him returning to Ferrari one day.

"I don't know. I think it's at the moment not an option because obviously if you say bye bye it's not that you think five minutes later you will come back. But I went from Renault to McLaren, then I came back to Renault, I went to Ferrari, maybe I come back to other teams.

"So it seems that the people who work with me they keep one door open. That's normally the opposite to what I read, that I'm difficult to work with. But at the end of the day at the places I work I can come back normally so that's a good sign."


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I realize my comment reads as laying the blame essentially exclusively with Alonso. Sure Alonso's share of the blame is debatable. I'll give you that, and admit that I am a fan who does respect his pure ability to drive. Either way, we can all see that the bottom line is Ferrari has definitely blown it recently, for whatever reason. Hubris over their vaunted signing didn't help at all. They seem to have done at least some soul-searching. I actually hope they pull their heads out of their butts pretty darn soon, especially because I'd LOVE to see another title (or more?) under Kimi's belt.

Well, in hindsight, I think we can all agree, Ferrari blew it firing their last champion and taking on what turned out to be a primadona content with "outperforming" a crap car and ultimately contributing to its continued mediocrity. What a sad failure of such heralded ambition.