The car features a special one-off livery, based on the distinctive blue, yellow and red colors found on his helmet. The livery is emblazoned across the engine cover and even comes with a specially commissioned FA insignia on the top and sides of the cockpit.
By bringing his 18-year Formula 1 career to an end inside a one-off liveried car, Alonso is allowing McLaren to do something they haven’t done since Keke Rosberg raced under similar conditions (in a one-off yellow branded car) in the 1986 Portuguese Grand Prix.
“We’re incredibly pleased and proud to be able to race a special one-off livery for Fernando in Abu Dhabi this weekend. We want his last grand prix to feel special in every way, and this was just one of the ways we could reflect that,” stated McLaren Racing CEO, Zak Brown. “We worked closely and collaboratively with Fernando, and then with the FIA and Formula 1 to make the change for this one race, and they were all hugely supportive of the move.”
“Hopefully, this will give Fernando’s fans a little something extra to look forward to at what is bound to be an especially emotional weekend.”
With only one race left in the 2018 Formula 1 season, Fernando Alonso sits 10th in the Drivers Standings with 50 points, just 5 points shy of 9th place Kevin Magnussen (Haas) and 8 points away from Force India’s Sergio Perez.