Fernando Alonso is aiming for a great result at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in what the Spaniard says it will be an emotional farewell. The two-time World Champion is competing with Renault for the final time before he moves to the Ferrari team, where Alonso is hoping to finish his career.
The Spanish driver, who won his two titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006, admits it will be an emotional final race in Abu Dhabi this weekend.
"Absolutely, I would love to finish the season and my Renault career with a great result," said Alonso. "It will be an emotional race because I have enjoyed so many special memories with this team and I am leaving behind a lot of friends. Renault is one of the great teams in Formula 1 and I look forward to fighting with them on the track in the years ahead."
Team boss Bob Bell paid tribute to Alonso, who he concedes will be missed by Renault.
"He's made a huge contribution to the team, especially winning two world championships in 2005 and 2006 so he will be missed enormously," said Bell.
"It's often said that he is the best driver on the grid and I wouldn't disagree with that so we're understandably sad to see the end of our very successful relationship. But we're also looking forward and we're all delighted to be welcoming Robert Kubica to the team as I believe he will quickly show that he is of the same caliber as Fernando. He's a strong team player, a great motivator and incredibly quick so we have plenty to look forward to as we enter a new era for the team."