"And, two or three years ago, in the same place, it was his last race and no-one had all the things that I have received this weekend".
Meanwhile, refelecting on Alonso's stellar career, Hamilton said, "Fernando is a true legend".
Less than 24 hours after finishing what could well be his final Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso was already sampling other racing options for his post-F1 existence, taking part in a McLaren-organised vehicle swap with NASCAR Cup Series racer Jimmie Johnson which saw Alonso get a run in the American's #48 Team Hendrick Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 racer around the Bahrain International Circuit.
"Then, one auto was on the left, one was on the right, and we kept going like this until the start-finish line".
"I was like 'I don't want to stop but I think I should'".
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Barcelona's shirt sponsors - Nike - further riled Liverpool by announcing Coutinho's arrival weeks before it was formally agreed.
"I am very thankful to them for the nice gesture and it was nice to celebrate at the chequered flag".
One day after finishing 11th at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, he is back on the race track and this time to sample something he has never tried before. I think in a couple of days [it will sink in]. The race was a normal race, fighting for the tyre management, the fuel saving, all these things, and fighting for points until the end, until the last lap.
"So I have had no time yesterday evening and this morning, and I need a bit of time to myself and realise the magic weekend that I had".
"Right now, I am not thinking to come back. but I don't know how I will feel next year". "I sit down in the chair and somebody knocks on the door to tell me to go out and see a new person".
"It's been a real honour and a privilege to race in the same era as him", the Brit continued. I feel very happy and very privileged with all the success that I had over the years, driving for fantastic teams.
"I cannot say everything, but perhaps you can imagine".