YAS ISLAND, Abu Dhabi – Fernando Alonso will sport a special paint scheme for his final Formula One race this weekend at Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates.
Alonso’s Renault-powered McLaren MCL33 will pay homage to his home region of Asturias in northern Spain, with distinctive blue, yellow and red highlights amid the familiar papaya-orange color that McLaren’s F-1 teams have made famous through the years.
The livery flows across the engine cover and includes a specially-commissioned FA insignia on the top and sides of the driver’s cockpit.
“We’re incredibly pleased and proud to be able to race a special one-off livery for Fernando in Abu Dhabi this weekend,” said McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown. “We want his last grand prix to feel special in every way, and this was just one of the ways we could reflect that.
“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.”
Sunday’s race will signal the conclusion of both Alonso’s second stint with McLaren and his 18-year F-1 career. He is moving on to the World Endurance Championship in 2019, as well as making a return trip to the Indianapolis 500 in an attempt to secure the Triple Crown.
The 37-year-old Spaniard will end his tenure in F-1 with 312 grand prix starts. He is a two-time world champion, with 32 victories, 22 poles and 97 podium finishes.
This marks the first time since the 1986 Portugese Grand Prix that McLaren has fielded a one-off livery. In that race 32 years ago, the team rolled out a special yellow-branded car for Keke Rosberg.
“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.”