Fernando Alonso has admitted that he will take a number of 'lessons' from this season into 2008.

The Spaniard, who joined McLaren from Renault at the start of the year, had a difficult time with the Woking-based outfit and after several rather public busts up, the two ultimately split, something that was confirmed a few weeks after the season ending, Brazilian GP.

Speaking at the FIA's annual prize giving gala held in Monte Carlo, and after picking up his trophy for third place in the drivers' championship, the two-time world champion added though that his year wasn't all bad.

"This has been another exciting season because my car was competitive from start to finish. From this perspective the team did a fantastic job," he explained.

"Away from the track, of course, it was a more bumpy road though but sometimes that's what happens in sport and I will take those lessons into next season and beyond. The main aspect for me when looking back on the season is winning another four races, including my first victory in Monza and my win in Monaco, which is always special."

Alonso's ex-McLaren team-mate, Lewis Hamilton meanwhile was also at the gala to collect his award for second place. Unlike Alonso though, the Brit had no regrets about the year - his first in the top flight. He also publicly thanked the team and his family for their support.

"I've had a pretty amazing season. I was given such a great opportunity by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. To be on the podium at my first grand prix was a dream, but to continue that to get my first win was even more. And to be one of the three F1 drivers at the FIA Prize Giving Gala at the end of the season is a truly special moment," he continued.

"I am proud to be at the Gala representing my family and the team that I work for. It has been a pleasure racing for them this season and I couldn't have done it without their support."

To see a selection of pictures from the FIA's prize gala - CLICK HERE. All pictures courtesy of the FIA.



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